The tool used for making details in wood, stone or metal is an example of a chisel.
She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.
Sculpting detail work from stone using a chisel is an example of to chisel.
- To force oneself upon others without being asked or welcomed.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of chisel
- Middle English from Old French cisiel from Vulgar Latin cīsellus cutting tool from diminutive of Latin caesus past participle of caedere to cut kaə-id- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French cisel (French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, from Latin caesellum, from caesus, past participle of caedere (“to cut”).