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Definition of "chisel" [chis•el]

  • A metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal. (noun)
  • To shape or cut with a chisel. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To cheat or swindle. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To obtain by deception. (verb-transitive)
  • To use a chisel. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chisel" in a sentence
  • "Implements for both soil preparation and weed control are collectively considered under the term chisel plow."
  • "In the narrower sense the term chisel plow is used for deeper soil preparation with tines and superficial tilling with duckfoot, sweep shares, etc. (e.g. bico de pato; section G 2.4.4)."
  • "The word chisel has appeared in 26 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Feb. 7 in the Wheels blog post "Bonhams at the Grand Palais: A Rarified Setting for Rare Metal," by Donald Osborne:"