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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tool, somewhat resembling a chisel with a groove in it, used by calkers of ships to finish the seams after the oakum has been driven in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tool somewhat like a chisel with a groove in it, used by calkers of ships to finish the seams after the oakum has been driven in.

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  • noun nautical A tool somewhat like a chisel with a groove in it, used by caulkers of ships to finish the seams after the oakum has been driven in.

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  • "a sort of iron chisel, used by calkers (sic), for the purpose of driving oakum into the seams of ships. It is about seven or eight inches in length and two in breadth; and has a groove cut along its edge or lower extremity, in order to spread the oakum more securely."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 254

    See also chinse.

    October 12, 2008