chisel

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A wood chisel

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From Old French cisel (French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, from Latin caesellum, from caesus, past participle of caedere (to cut).

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chisel (plural chisels)

  1. A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pounding the other end with a hammer, or mallet.

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chisel (third-person singular simple present chisels, present participle chiseling or chiselling, simple past and past participle chiseled or chiselled)

  1. (intransitive) To use a chisel.
  2. (transitive) To work something with a chisel.
    She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To cheat, to get something by cheating.

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chiselling and chiselled are more common in the UK while chiseling and chiseled are more common in the US.

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Noun[edit]

chisel m (oblique plural chiseaus or chiseax or chisiaus or chisiax or chisels, nominative singular chiseaus or chiseax or chisiaus or chisiax or chisels, nominative plural chisel)

  1. Alternative form of cisel.