chisel
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French *chisel, cisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, alteration of caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut Date: 14th century a metal tool with a sharpened edge at one end used to chip, carve, or cut into a solid material (as wood, stone, or metal) II. verb (-eled or -elled; -eling or chiselling) Date: 1509 transitive verb 1. to cut or work with or as if with a chisel 2. to employ shrewd or unfair practices on in order to obtain one's end; also to obtain by such practices <
chisel a job
>
intransitive verb 1. to work with or as if with a chisel 2. a. to employ shrewd or unfair practices b. to thrust oneself ; intrude <
chisel in on a racket
>
chiseler or chiseller noun

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  • chisel — [ ʃizɛl ] n. m. • v. 1980; de l angl., empr. à l a. fr. chisel, forme de cisel « ciseau » ♦ Agric. Gros cultivateur (2o ) à dents plates et incurvées. ● chisel nom masculin Instrument de travail superficiel du sol à grand dégagement sous bâti, à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Chisel — Chis el, n. [OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. {Scissors}.] A tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade, used in dressing, shaping, or working in timber, stone,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chisel — Chis el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chiseled}, or {Chiselled} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chiseling}, or {Chiselling}.] [Cf. F. ciseler.] 1. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chisel — [chiz′əl] n. [NormFr (OFr cisel) < VL * cisellum, for L * caesellum < caesus, pp. of caedere, to cut: see CIDE] a hand tool with a sharp, often wedge shaped, blade for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc., specif., such a tool that is… …   English World dictionary

  • chisel — (n.) early 14c., from O.Fr. cisel (12c., Mod.Fr. ciseau) chisel, in pl., scissors, shears, from V.L. *cisellum cutting tool, from L. caesellum, dim. of caesus, pp. of caedere to cut (see CIDE (Cf. cide)). Related: Chiseled; chise …   Etymology dictionary

  • chisel — [n] shaping tool adze, blade, edge, gouge, knife; concepts 495,499 chisel [v] cut, wear away carve, hew, incise, roughcast, roughhew, sculpt, sculpture, shape; concepts 137,176,184 …   New thesaurus

  • chisel — ► NOUN ▪ a long bladed hand tool with a bevelled cutting edge, used to cut or shape wood, stone, or metal. ► VERB (chiselled, chiselling; US chiseled, chiseling) 1) cut or shape with a chisel. 2) (chiselled) (of a man s f …   English terms dictionary

  • chisel — index bilk, create Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • chisel — CHISÉL s.n. Preparat culinar specific bucătăriei ruseşti şi scandinave, din piure sau sirop de fructe roşii (fructe de pădure, căpşune, zmeură), legat cu amidon; servit cald sau rece, decorat cu frişcă; rus. kissel. Trimis de gal, 08.02.2009.… …   Dicționar Român

  • chisel — vb sculpture, sculpt, sculp, *carve, incise, engrave, etch Analogous words: *cut, chop: produce, turn out (see BEAR): shape, fashion, form (see MAKE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Chisel — This article is about the tool. For the American band, see Chisel (band). For the album by Australian band Cold Chisel, see Chisel (album). Steel woodworking chisel …   Wikipedia

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