A metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal.
v. chis·eled, chis·el·ing, chis·els or chis·elled or chis·el·ling
1. To shape or cut with a chisel.
a. To cheat or swindle.
b. To obtain by deception.
1. To use a chisel.
a. To use unethical methods; cheat: "who's up, who's down and who's chiseling on the side" (James Reston).
b. To intrude oneself without welcome: always tries to chisel in on our conversations.
[Middle English, from Old French cisiel, from Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, cutting tool, from diminutive of Latin caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)chisel
left: cold metal chisel with a flat head
top to bottom: cape, round-nose, and diamond-point metal chisel heads
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