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)
to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.
Origin: before 900; Middle English ad
)se, Old English adesa; *ad-es-,
of obscure origin, appears to be formed like ax
, and might by association with the latter have lost *w-;
if so, < Germanic *wad-,
cognate with Lithuanian vedegà