- 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
Examples from the Web for chiseling
An artist in New Mexico has spent decades chiseling out fantastical caves from the mountains, one pickaxe swing at a time.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves
December 12, 2013
When chiseling it is well to stand so as to look along the line being cut.Handwork in Wood
After this the chiseling out or mortising can be proceeded with.The Repairing & Restoration of Violins
He would not be much good at chiseling out a medieval cathedral.Dear Enemy
Her skin was smooth and fair and the chiseling of her features clean and strong.Fidelity
You are a cheap, chiseling, doublecrossing, money-grabbing heel.Noble Redman
Jesse Franklin Bone
- 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 chiseling
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.