- The definition of a chisel is a hand tool with a wedge shaped blade that is driven with a mallet or hammer.
The tool used for making details in wood, stone or metal is an example of a chisel.
- Chisel means to shape or cut a hard material using a hand tool called a chisel.
Sculpting detail work from stone using a chisel is an example of to chisel.
A set of woodworking chisels.
chisel definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Norman French (OFr cisel) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cisellum, for Classical Latin an unverified form caesellum ; from caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut: see -cide
chisel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- To shape or cut with a chisel.
- Informal a. To cheat or swindle.b. To obtain by deception.
- To use a chisel.
- Informal a. To use unethical methods; cheat: “who's up, who's down and who's chiseling on the side” (James Reston).b. To intrude oneself without welcome: always tries to chisel in on our conversations.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French cisiel, from Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, cutting tool, from diminutive of Latin caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.
- chisˈel·er noun
left: cold metal chisel with a flat head
top to bottom: cape, round-nose, and diamond-point metal chisel heads
chisel - Phrases/Idioms