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[adz] /ædz/
noun, verb (used with object), adzed, adzing.


or adze

[adz] /ædz/
an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle.
verb (used with object)
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
Can be confused
adds, ads, adz. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adze
Historical Examples
  • Let us see: Suppose an adze were handed to a carpenter for him to square a beam with it.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Chipping it with an adze, and boring it with an augur, to ascertain its quality.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Presently, adze called out that he had made the pumps act at last.

    The White Squall John Conroy Hutcheson
  • It is of little consequence on which my adze is first employed.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Deck wanted to know more about the man with the sledge and the adze.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • They are not very heavy, and not so much of a load as your sledge-hammer and adze.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • Tools were all too few—a hammer, a saw, and an adze were all we had.

  • He dropped the adze he held in his hand and went to meet her.

  • The adze was used not only for wood-work but also for dressing limestone.

  • The blade was curved, like a carpenter's adze, and at its head was a short pick.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for adze


a heavy hand tool with a steel cutting blade attached at right angles to a wooden handle, used for dressing timber
Word Origin
Old English adesa
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Word Origin and History for adze

also adz, Middle English adese, adse, from Old English adesa "adze, hatchet," of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to Old French aisse, Latin ascia "axe" (see ax). Spelling with -z- is from 18c. Adze "has been monosyllabic only since the seventeenth century. The word has no cognates, though it resembles the names of the adz and the hammer in many languages" [Liberman, 2008].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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