- a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.
- chisel plow.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.
- to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
- to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
- to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
- to work with a chisel.
- to trick; cheat.
Origin of chisel
Related Wordsblade, knife, carve, sculpt, gouge, edge, adze, hew, sculpture, shape, incise, roughcast
Examples from the Web for chisel
She also was handy, hammering nails into walls and using a heat gun to chisel glue off the floor.The Wonderful Weirdness of Christine McConnell, Queen of Creepy Cookies
July 9, 2014
You get two to three hours in a little studio to chisel away.Gal With a Suitcase
January 23, 2010
He left the room, and returned in a few moments with a chisel.Night and Morning, Complete
They saw beauty and pursued it, in colour and sound, by word and chisel.Mountain Meditations
It is better to cut full, and trim down to the lines with a chisel or plane.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
But you can cut off a vine-branch with a dagger or with a chisel, and in many other ways?The Republic
Jed whistled a few mournful bars and sharpened a chisel on an oilstone.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a hand tool for working wood, consisting of a flat steel blade with a cutting edge attached to a handle of wood, plastic, etc. It is either struck with a mallet or used by hand
- a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal
- to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel
- slang to cheat or obtain by cheating
Word Origin and History for chisel
early 14c., from Anglo-French cisel, Old French cisel "chisel," in plural, "scissors, shears" (12c., Modern French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum "cutting tool," from Latin caesellum, diminutive of caesus, past participle of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Related: Chiseled; chiseling.