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- adz (US)
From Middle English adse, adese, from Old English adesa, eadesa, reputed to be from Proto-Germanic *adisô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃edʰḗs (compare Hittite [script needed] (atešša, “axe, hatchet”)). The older Old English forms are Old English adosa (“adze”) and Old English adosan (“to adze”).
adze (plural adzes)
- 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.
- ^ Guus Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 2.
adze (third-person singular simple present adzes, present participle adzing, simple past and past participle adzed)
- To shape a material using an adze.
to shape material with an adze
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