Definition of Chisel

1. Noun. An edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge.

2. Verb. Engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud. "Sam and Sue chisel"; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
Exact synonyms: Cheat
Specialized synonyms: Job, Shark, Rig, Set Up, Cozen, Crib, Cook, Fake, Falsify, Fudge, Manipulate, Misrepresent, Wangle
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Derivative terms: Cheat, Cheater, Cheating, Chiseler, Chiseller

3. Verb. Deprive somebody of something by deceit. "They chisel him of all his money"; "They chiseled me out of my money"

4. Verb. Carve with a chisel. "Chisel the marble"
Generic synonyms: Carve, Chip At

Definition of Chisel

1. n. A tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade, used in dressing, shaping, or working in timber, stone, metal, etc.; -- usually driven by a mallet or hammer.

2. v. t. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue.

Definition of Chisel

1. Noun. 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, which is generally perpendicular to, but occasionally parallel to the cutting edge of the tool, depending upon its intended use. 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. The cutting edge of a chisel is most frequently straight, but may be curved or otherwise shaped (v-shaped, for example), to suit the characteristics of the material being worked, or the shape to be achieved by the chisel's use. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To use a chisel. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To work something with a chisel. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) (informal) To cheat, to get something by cheating. ¹

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Definition of Chisel

1. to use a chisel (a cutting tool) [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Chisel

1. A single beveled end-cutting blade with a straight or angled shank used with a thrust along the axis of the handle for cutting or splitting dentin and enamel. Binangle chisel, a chisel with an angled shank to which a second angle is added in order to bring the cutting edge nearly in line with the axis of the handle so as to restore balance and to prevent it from turning about the axis; used when a chisel must be angled for access. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chisel

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Literary usage of Chisel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1915)
"A chisel is a tool in ordinary use in the maintenance of all railroads. ... Splinters frequently fly off when the chisel is struck by the hammer. ..."

2. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"Thea- knife must be yega-Med a-ia- the primary tool, a-na-I the chisel is. a- sta-eug ... in genera-lizing on the subject, regards the chisel as a keen ..."

3. Appletons' Cyclopædia of Applied Mechanics: A Dictionary of Mechanical by Appleton, firm, publishers, New York (1878)
"chisel. A wedge-shaped cutting tool more especially designed for paring and ... The forms of chisel vary according to the work which they are intended to ..."

4. A Treatise on Masonry Construction by Ira Osborn Baker (1889)
"The chisel, Fig. 22, of round steel of £ to f inch in diameter and about 10 inches ... The Tooth chisel, Fig. 23, is the same as the chisel, except that the ..."

5. I. C. S. Reference Library: A Series of Textbooks Prepared for the Students by International Correspondence Schools (1905)
"Cutting the opening with a chisel mars the wall and at the same time makes a ragged ... Among the chisels commonly used by the fitter are the cold chisel, ..."

6. Boas Anniversary Volume: Anthropological Papers Written in Honor of Franz by H. A. Andrews, Berthold Laufer (1906)
"THE ceremonial chisel, the top and side views of which are illustrated in ... Although there can be no doubt that the chisel is from the northwest coast of ..."

7. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1876)
"used with satisfaction and success the following adaptation of the ordinary chisel. See Fig. 1. A stout crosspiece of steel, b, is loosely fitted by an ..."

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