Definition of adze in English:

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Pronunciation: /adz/
(US also adz)


A tool similar to an ax with an arched blade at right angles to the handle, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood.
Example sentences
  • Tools consist now of bone, wood and stone, made up as an adze, knife blade, borer, arrow or spearhead.
  • Specialized war weapons may be lacking - after all, war can be fought with such ordinary tools as adzes or hunting spears.
  • A man sat near his house using an adze to sculpt a handle for his bill-hook.


Old English adesa, of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: adze

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