(US also adz)
Definition of adze in English:
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.
- 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] Back to top
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.
Definition of adze in:
- US English dictionary
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