Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chiseled work.
- v. US present participle of chisel.
“A set of iconoclastic monks whom the Christian world is pleased to designate as St. Patrick, and who probably early in the fifth century of our era amused themselves by chiseling from the Irish monuments many of the symbols of the female power, removed also the figures of serpents which had for ages appeared in connection with the emblems of woman, and by this act won the plaudits of an admiring Christian world; chiefly, however, for the skill manifested in "banishing snakes from Ireland.”
“Margaret Foley, who, amid the hum of the machinery of the Lowell cotton mills, first conceived the idea of chiseling her thought on the surface of a "smooth-lipped shell," was obliged to go to Rome in order to get the necessary instruction in cameo-cutting.”
“I sorry if it offends you that Jews have committed ethnic cleansing, or that they sometimes do unattractive things such as chiseling for an advantage.”
“It's going to be very hard for some bureaucrat to winnow out the honest borrowers from those who were kind of chiseling around the corners.”
“Our Patch.com had the exclusive scoop on the chiseling chopper story.”
“What I experienced was more akin to chiseling, as if all that had happened was stone, and I had only faith and a small bit of metal to find the shape, to tap out the places where meaning might lie.”
“The editing process is about chiseling away the excess," he says.”
“Amongst a life-size model of a woman dressed in a 'stars-and-stripes' burka, human hearts half buried in sand and children chiseling away at an edible depiction of the crucified Jesus, is the creator of all the aforementioned works: iconic artist and graffiti pioneer Nick Walker.”
“Here are the convicts plotting their plots, flooding their cells, doing their chin-ups, chiseling away at their shivs and shanks; here is the dead-eyed felon, and here the tittering psychopath.”
“Yet in the seventh century, when carvers began chiseling out the temples, this was India's portal to Southeast Asia.”
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