- 1A small handheld tool with a flat, pointed blade, used to apply and spread mortar or plaster: a pointing trowelMore example sentences
- Remove the bricks and use a pointed trowel to apply mortar to the concrete base, but do not go beyond the chalk lines.
- Using a trowel, apply plaster over the hole covering the patch and filling the entire hole.
- Using your chalk line as a guide, spread the mortar with a notched trowel over a 2x5-foot section of the floor.
- 2A small handheld tool with a curved scoop for lifting plants or earth: a garden trowelMore example sentences
- To help you determine planting depths and plant spacing, garden trowels often come with measurements right on the metal.
- Probably one of the most-used small tools is the trowel, which is ideal for digging small holes for planting and transplanting annuals, vegetables and other smaller plants.
- Chris sighed and kept on digging his trowel into the earth.
verb (trowels, trowelling, trowelled; US trowels, troweling, troweled)[with object] Back to top
- Apply or spread with or as if with a trowel: trowel in enough soil to form a dome Kerrie trowelled jam on to her toastMore example sentences
- First, a scratch coat is troweled onto the lath; the plaster oozes through the lath and grips the backing when it hardens.
- When troweling it on, push and move the material, creating varying textures.
- Final troweling operations are completed with riding trowels.
Middle English (as a noun): from Old French truele, from medieval Latin truella, alteration of Latin trulla 'scoop', diminutive of trua 'skimmer'.
More definitions of trowelDefinition of trowel in:
- The US English dictionary