any of various tools having a flat blade with a handle, used for depositing and working mortar, plaster, etc.
a similar tool with a curved, scooplike blade, used in gardening for taking up plants, turning up earth, etc.
to apply, shape, smooth, or dig with or as if with a trowel.
- trow·el·er; especially British, trow·el·ler, noun
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How to use trowel in a sentence
By January 1836, the American Monthly Magazine reported, “the click of trowels is already heard among the half-cooled bricks, and the dust of mortar is even now mingling with the smoke from the still shouldering ruins.”The Great Fire of 1835 Helped Create Modern New York City | Daniel S. Levy | March 11, 2022 | Time
Jarvis, as well as two people who work at the company you hired to install the planks in your second bedroom, all looked at the picture and said they are fairly certain the culprit is trowel marks under the planks.
Having a sturdy trowel can be a huge help with that last one.
You want to find a trowel that is lightweight, portable, and can handle any terrain without damage.
A heavy trowel is used to retrieve a mass of your chosen kind of ice cream from its tub and put it in the cardboard container.
I got a trowel, and we planted the withered trilliums in partial shade between the maples and the pines, and gave them water.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
He found the trowel under the fence, as Gardener Jim had prophesied, and he worked all day, with a brief nooning at home.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
Sophy disappeared into the house, and came out again, hurriedly, with a trowel in her hand.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
trowel and spade and tomahawk went furiously to work, and soon cleared away the gravel from a surface of three or four feet.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
The cement can be forced into place with the hands and then surfaced with a trowel.Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for trowel
any of various small hand tools having a flat metal blade attached to a handle, used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials
a similar tool with a curved blade used by gardeners for lifting plants, etc
(tr) to use a trowel on (plaster, soil, etc)
- troweller or US troweler, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with trowel
see under lay it on thick.
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