adze

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English[edit]

Some adze heads

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English adse, adese, from Old English adesa, eadesa m., adese f., from Proto-Germanic *adesan m., from Proto-Indo-European *Hodʰ-es-on (compare Hittite ateš(ša) ‘axe, hatchet’).[1]

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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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  1. ^ Guus Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 2.

Verb[edit]

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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