- an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle.
- to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.
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
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Examples from the Web for adz
I used to feed the chief well and one day I told him Ed had stolen my adz.Old Rail Fence Corners
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.Sailing Alone Around The World