Definition of adze in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /adz/
(US also adz)


A tool similar to an axe, 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.

verb (adz, adzing, adzed)

[with object]
Cut away the surface of (a piece of wood) with an adze: by the time it has been adzed out, you will only have a small edge to clean up
More example sentences
  • A family of Tamil shipwrights were adzing baulks of timber into banana-shaped fishing rafts.
  • The frames had been adzed to remove the sharp angle of a land, or notch, which originally housed the edge of the clinker plank.
  • Timbers were hand adzed to give them a woody character.


Old English adesa, of unknown origin.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: adze

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.