• Firmer-Chisel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chisel carve with a chisel "chisel the marble"
    • v chisel deprive somebody of something by deceit "The con-man beat me out of $50","This salesman ripped us off!","we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme","They chiseled me out of my money"
    • v chisel engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud "Who's chiseling on the side?"
    • n chisel an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Paring-Chisel.  Framing-Chisel.  Mortise-Chisel Paring-Chisel. Framing-Chisel. Mortise-Chisel
Paring with a Chisel Paring with a Chisel
Perpendicular Chiseling Perpendicular Chiseling
Chiseling End Wood Chiseling End Wood
Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling
Mallet Chiseling Mallet Chiseling
Testing the Sharpness of a Chisel Testing the Sharpness of a Chisel
Adjustable Chisel-Gage.  Wooden Bench-Plane Adjustable Chisel-Gage. Wooden Bench-Plane

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chisel 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.
    • Chisel To cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat.
    • Chisel To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chisel Gravel.
    • n chisel Bran; coarse flour; the coarser part of bran or flour: generally in the plural.
    • n chisel A tool consisting of a blade, commonly flat, but sometimes concavoconvex, having a beveled or sloping cutting edge at one extremity and a handle at the other, designed to cut under the impulse of a blow from a mallet, or under pressure of the hand or in a lathe. In common use it is a paring, gouging, splitting, or cutting-out instrument, and in the lathe it performs many different kinds of turning, according to the shape of the cutting edge. Chisels are usually named from their shape or use, as chasing chisel, ice-chisel, dental chisel, pruning-chisel, turning-chisel, etc.
    • chisel To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel: as, to chisel marble.
    • chisel To make by cutting or engraving with a chisel: as, to chisel a statue from stone.
    • chisel Figuratively, to cut close, as in a bargain; gouge; cheat: as, to chisel one out of his share.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chisel chiz′el an iron or steel tool to cut or hollow out wood, stone, &c.: esp. the tool of the sculptor
    • v.t Chisel to cut, carve, &c. with a chisel:
    • n Chisel chiz′el See Chesil.
    • v.t Chisel (slang) to cheat:—pr.p. chis′elling; pa.p. chis′elled
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”
  • Michelangelo
    “It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere, to cut. Cf. Scissors


In literature:

Man jess took a lot o' mahble, he did, an' chiselled me an' him out.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
By the engraving chisel and mallet.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
As soon as he woke, he looked across at the folded blanket, but the wood chisel was still lying athwart it.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
They are partly the work of the mallet and partly of the chisel.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
So the blade of the chisel is merely faced with a thin plate of hardened steel, the remainder being of softer material.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 355, October 16, 1886" by Various
Skip down into th' engine room and bring up a hammer an' a col' chisel.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
The wooden spoons are always chiseled from a single piece of wood.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
This sculpture is also from the chisel of Clodion.
"Rouen, It's History and Monuments" by Théodore Licquet
It was necessary to do the work with an old jack-knife and one of the chisels previously secured by Rose.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
In order to ship the Levers expeditiously on the proper square, both are to be marked with a cold chisel.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN

In poetry:

His eyes he lifted tremblingly
Until a hand they spied:
A chisel-scar on it he saw,
And a deep, torn scar beside.
"After An Old Legend" by George MacDonald
Oh, well the ships must remember,
That go down to the awful sea,
No keel that chisels the current
Can cut where it used to be.
"The Answer" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
But what of the chisel? Up, more than snare
With the sweet blue pleasure of eyes divine:
Be the marbles of symmetry thine,
Set in elysian air.
"The Young Physician" by Thomas Aird
The village trees their summits rear
Still as its spire, and yonder flock
At rest in those calm fields appear
As chiselled from the lifeless rock.
"A Summer Ramble" by William Cullen Bryant
Shall be raked over till they yield
Last priceless slags for fashioning high,
Ploughs to wake grass in every field,
Chisels men's hands to magnify.
"To Iron-Founders And Others" by Gordon Bottomley
He loved his books, the Art that hints
A beauty veiled behind its own,
The graver's line, the pencil's tints,
The chisel's shape evoked from stone.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Claire Guttierez tries it out after her husband reminds her of her chiseled past.
The touch of the chisel.
Called sap wells, the holes are chiseled out by sapsuckers , forming a well for flowing sap, letting sapsuckers sip syrup and lap up insects trapped in the stickiness.
This new body features a chiseled front-end with a chin-spoiler, a low profile roof line, and large fenders that allow for tire clearance.
The blade is 1/8-in.-thick tempered steel, as tough as a chisel.
Those are the tools that will chisel away at healthcare costs, noted Wade Miquelon, Walgreens EVP and CFO.
Michigan woodcarver Emil Szkipala of Chesterfield Township used a chainsaw and chisels to carve the likeness of the city's namesake into the stump of a hewn sycamore tree in front of the school, 307 N Maumee St.
Construction workers are chiseling their way through the concrete of Houghton's main parking deck.
Construction workers are chiseling their way through the concrete of Houghton's main parking deck .
The Hüsker Dü/Sugar vet drops a blast of hook-chiseled guitar noise with rueful lyrics that lead to a refrain of "Can I try to make it up to you somehow".
2 inmates chisel through concrete blocks, escape from jail.
Deputies say two men have escaped from the Anderson County jail after chiseling through concrete blocks.
The compact, chiseled Evoque — the lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever built — is available as a two-door coupe or five-door wagon.
A fitness lover with a thin moustache, chiseled torso and enthusiasm for motorbikes, Vadra stepped into the limelight this year by announcing a possible move into politics.
The chiseled actor is openly gay and a father of three.

In science:

As a by product of the rapid developments in jet physics there has also recently been tremendous interest in using a somewhat more sophisticated understanding of jets and their properties, gained via relatively simple analytical calculations, as a chisel for improving the prominence of new physics signals at the LHC.
Recent progress in QCD calculations for e^+e^- annihilation and hadron collisions