adze

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Some adze heads

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From Old English adesa, of obscure origin.

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adze (plural adzes)

  1. A cutting tool that has a curved blade set at a right angle to the handle and is used in shaping wood.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe:
      ...if I wanted a board, I had no other way but to cut down a tree, set it on an edge before me, and hew it flat on either side with my axe, till I brought it to be thin as a plank, and then dub it smooth with my adze.

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adze (third-person singular simple present adzes, present participle adzing, simple past and past participle adzed)

  1. To shape a material using an adze.

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