- 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
Examples from the Web for adzed
Historical Examples of adzed
The ends of the poles used for the track are adzed so that they match evenly.
The sides and roof of wide-split cedar boards were adzed to lie close, and fastened into place by twisted cedar rope.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
They were dug from huge poplar logs, squared outside with the broad axe, and adzed within to a smooth finish.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South
Martha McCulloch Williams
The ends are adzed smooth to present an even surface, drift-bolted to the ties, and all joints broken.
He cut down twenty trees in all and adzed them smooth, squaring them by rule in good workmanlike fashion.The Odyssey
- a heavy hand tool with a steel cutting blade attached at right angles to a wooden handle, used for dressing timber
Word Origin 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].