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adz

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noun
  1. an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.
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Origin of adz

before 900; Middle English ad(e)se, Old English adesa; *ad-es-, of obscure origin, appears to be formed like ax, and might by association with the latter have lost *w-; if so, < Germanic *wad-, cognate with Lithuanian vedegà adz
Can be confusedadds ads adz
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Historical Examples

  • I used to feed the chief well and one day I told him Ed had stolen my adz.

    Old Rail Fence Corners

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  • Adze, Adz, adz, n. a carpenter's tool consisting of a thin arched blade with its edge at right angles to the handle.

  • Let your meal be so hard trod in your cask that you shall need an adz or hatchet to work it out with.

  • The thick cuttings from a wedge-shaped wood-working tool, as from an axe or adz.

  • When a whaling-captain hove in sight I just rested on my adz awhile and "gammed" with him.