• WordNet 3.6
    • v trowel use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
    • n trowel a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trowel A gardener's tool, somewhat like a scoop, used in taking up plants, stirring the earth, etc.
    • Trowel A mason's tool, used in spreading and dressing mortar, and breaking bricks to shape them.
    • Trowel (Founding) A tool used for smoothing a mold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trowel A surgical instrument of approximately trowel shape, used to push back protruding parts from the field of operation.
    • n trowel A tool, generally consisting of a flat long triangular, oval, or oblong blade of iron or steel, fitted with a handle, used by masons, plasterers, and bricklayers for spreading and dressing mortar and plaster, and for cutting bricks, and also by molders for smoothing the surface of the sand or loam composing the mold.
    • n trowel A gardeners' tool, like a small spade or scoop, used for taking up plants and for other purposes. See figs. k, above.
    • n trowel A tool used in oil-cloth manufacturing to spread paint and remove what may be superfluous. It is made of steel, is 2 feet long, and very elastic, and has a handle near the broad end.
    • trowel To dress, form, or apply with a trowel: as, troweled stucco.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trowel trow′el a tool used in spreading mortar, paint, &c., and in gardening
    • v.t Trowel to dress with a trowel.-Lay on with a trowel, to spread thickly: to flatter grossly
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. truel, OF. truele, F. truelle, LL. truella, L. trulla, dim. of trua, a ladle; probably akin to Gr. a stirrer, ladle, G. quirl, a stirrer, MHG. twirel, OHG. dwiril, Icel. þvara, AS. þwiril,. Cf. Twirl


In literature:

Dora liked the sound which the trowel made when it struck against the wall.
"Chambers's Elementary Science Readers" by Various
This tool, in appearance, is about half way between a bayonet and a trowel.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
Why, she lays it on with a trowel.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
I hove a trowel over the fence there this mornin'.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
The trowel dropped from her hand.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
It is mixed with warm water to the consistency of thick cement and applied with a trowel.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Trowels, if they do useful work, have to get dirty doing it, and Petro didn't stop because of that.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Oh, yes, she remembered Mr Brettison, and his green tin candle-box and bright trowel very well.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
Dig down with a trowel or heavy knife and find this storehouse of food.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
We found their trowels.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Trowel; a stout knife; memorandum pad and pencil.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Ibarra offered the trowel to the curate, who descended slowly in his turn.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The water also erased the least mark of the trowel.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
A mason may be seen sitting at work on a wall with his umbrella in one hand and his trowel in the other.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
The only implements in our possession were an old trowel and the half of a canteen.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
I found I had a great deal to learn even in the matter of spreading mortar and using a trowel.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
Dickie dug a little with a trowel in the blanket house.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Archie's father had, at last, laid down both trowel and pipe, and was taking his long rest beside the dead wife.
"The Elm Tree Tales" by F. Irene Burge Smith
With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
When partially dry, a better finish is obtained by lightly troweling the concrete.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden

In poetry:

Hunting of witches and warlocks,
Smiting the heathen horde,—
One hand on the mason's trowel,
And one on the soldier's sword.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To remedy this vile defect,
A piece of canvas, nail'd erect,
Kept all things private in the rear,
And kept th' inhabitant from fear,
'Till hand and trowel, far more sure,
Could make the tenement secure.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton

In news:

Like their predecessors, modern archaeologists still labor with shovels, trowels, and brushes.
Bill Zimmerman (foreground) trowels the footing while other volunteers pour cement to install hitching rails at Kabian Park PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTY ROSEN.
For starters, you should familiarize yourself with the variety of trowels that are available for specialized tasks.
Darin Wiebe wins Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge at World of Concrete.
Wacker Neuson's Ride-on Trowel Challenge Competition Draws Big Crowds at World of Concrete 2012.
Wacker Neuson's Ride-on TROWEL CHALLENGE Competition Draws Big Crowds at World of Concrete.
It doesn't matter if you don't know the difference between a trowel and a hoe (we don't, either).
The 90° lip allows machine troweling and floating close to walls and other obstructions.
Float Pans ' Troweler Blades.
Complete line of float pans and power troweler replacement blades.
When it comes to selecting a concrete power trowel for your rental inventory, there are several factors to consider.
Power trowel improvements making the job easier, more profitable for contractors.
Gen Irene Trowell-Harris, retired, was born in Aiken, S.C. As a child, Trowell-Harris and her 10 siblings picked cotton to help their parents maintain the farm.
The Allen Engineering 500B riding trowel features the latest Allen innovations.
Trowel Clean Sleeve Independence, Mo.