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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for chisel
- 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
Word Origin and History for chisel (1 of 2)
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.