a hand tool with a sharp, often wedge-shaped, blade for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc., specif., such a tool that is driven with a mallet or hammer
NormFr (OFr cisel) < VL *cisellum, for L *caesellum < caesus, pp. of caedere, to cut: see -cide
intransitive verb, transitive verb chiseled or chiselled, chiseling or chiselling
- to cut or shape with a chisel
- to take advantage of by cheating, sponging, etc.
- to get (something) in this way