verb (used with object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
verb (used without object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
- chisel plow,
- chisel point,
Origin of chisel
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|Tim Teeman|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You get two to three hours in a little studio to chisel away.
This idea is translated into durable marble on his striking tombstone in Pre-Lachaise, done in high relief by the chisel of Merci.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
He opened the lid, searched among some tools which lay in the receptacle beneath, and took out a chisel.The Dead Secret|Wilkie Collins
Why, some of those little chaps in the sloyd room can chisel and plane like carpenters.The Story of Porcelain|Sara Ware Bassett
Saw on the inside of the lines down one-half the thickness or saw and chisel down to one-half.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
In cutting, slant the chisel or gouge outwards at an angle of 45, thus /.A Manual of Wood Carving|Charles G. Leland
- 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
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin 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.
c.1500, "to break with a chisel," from chisel (n.). Slang sense of "to cheat, defraud" is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure (cf. slang sense of gouge); chiseler in this sense is from 1918. Related: Chiseled; chiseling.