Meaning of CHISEL in English


— chisellike , adj.

/chiz"euhl/ , n. , v. , chiseled, chiseling or ( esp. Brit. ) chiselled, chiselling .


1. a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.

2. See chisel plow .

3. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Caelum.


4. to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.

5. to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.

6. to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.


7. to work with a chisel.

8. to trick; cheat.

[ 1325-75; ME cisel cisellus, dim. of * cisus, for L caesus, ptp. of caedere to cut, with -i- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. EXCIDE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .