from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mechanical device consisting of a metal box with a series of vertical slats through which material is poured and randomly divided into two samples; this process is repeated to obtain a small representative sample of a bulk material
  • n. A curved file used in carving wood and marble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A curved file used in carving wool and marble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of file with a somewhat curved extremity, suitable for working in small depressions.
  • n. A workman who uses such a file, especially in metal-work.


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