from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal.
- transitive v. To shape or cut with a chisel.
- transitive v. Informal To cheat or swindle.
- transitive v. Informal To obtain by deception.
- intransitive v. To use a chisel.
- intransitive v. Informal To use unethical methods; cheat: "who's up, who's down and who's chiseling on the side” ( James Reston).
- intransitive v. Informal To intrude oneself without welcome: always tries to chisel in on our conversations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pounding the other end with a hammer, or mallet.
- v. To use a chisel.
- v. To work something with a chisel.
- v. (informal) To cheat, to get something by cheating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel.
- transitive v. To cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gravel.
- n. Bran; coarse flour; the coarser part of bran or flour: generally in the plural.
- n. 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.
- To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel: as, to chisel marble.
- To make by cutting or engraving with a chisel: as, to chisel a statue from stone.
- Figuratively, to cut close, as in a bargain; gouge; cheat: as, to chisel one out of his share.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. carve with a chisel
- v. engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
- v. deprive somebody of something by deceit
- n. an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
Middle English, from Old French cisiel, from Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, cutting tool, from diminutive of Latin caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cisel (French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, from Latin caesellum, from caesus, past participle of caedere ("to cut"). (Wiktionary)