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  • a tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal which is flattened to a sharp edge at one end and attached to a handle at the other end. It is used mainly to remove parts of stone or rock by placing the sharp edge against the stone and pounding the handle with a hammer
  • (intransitive) to use a chisel
  • (transitive) to work something with a chisel
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Chis"el (?), n. [OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. Scissors.] A tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade, used in dressing, shaping, or working in timber, stone, metal, etc.; -- usually driven by a mallet or hammer.

Cold chisel. See under Cold, a.

Chis"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chiseled (?), or Chiselled (&?;); p. pr. & vb. n. Chiseling, or Chiselling.] [Cf. F. ciseler.] 1. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue.

2. To cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat. [Slang]

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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