Noun Adze Definition and Examples







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.
  1. 'On the other side is an adze for chopping steps and clearing rotten ice for screws.'
  2. 'I lift out one ax, twirl it, slam in the adze, and gingerly test it.'
  3. 'Some groups mounted blades as axes, others as adzes.'
  4. 'I could easily plane a length of wood or weld up sheet metal, but would I be as effective if all I had to work with was an adze or forge?'
  5. 'A carpenter with his adz is an example for the second type of motion.'
  6. 'He shapes the chairs by using a chainsaw and a chair maker's adze.'
  7. 'The large upright stone also bears the marks of where new adze heads were ground and sharpened.'
  8. 'They are simply tools, just like an axe or adze, and only as good as the person using them.'
  9. 'Stone tools include delicately made blades, microburins, burins, scrapers, and adzes.'
  10. 'Two cold oranges arrive, looking as if they've been peeled with an adze.'


Cut away the surface of (a piece of wood) with an adze.
  1. 'Timbers were hand adzed to give them a woody character.'
  2. 'A family of Tamil shipwrights were adzing baulks of timber into banana-shaped fishing rafts.'
  3. 'Planks are carefully adzed - never bent - to the correct curve.'
((n.) A carpenter's or cooper's tool, formed with a thin arching blade set at right angles to the handle. It is used for chipping or slicing away the surface of wood.)

noun, verb (used with object), adzed, adzing.

1. adz. adz or adze [adz] /ædz/ Spell Syllables noun

1. an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle. verb (used with object)

2. to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.

Old English adesa, of unknown origin.

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