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[adz] /ædz/
noun, verb (used with object), adzed, adzing.
adz. Unabridged
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Examples for adze
  • Finishing requires skill with traditional adze and curved knife.
  • To use a cutting adze, stand astride or on top of the log to be hewed.
  • The walls and floors were of thick, adze finished planks.
  • Also paddles and carved masks as well as dishes, fishing net hoops digging sticks, and adze handles were made from the wood.
  • The surfaces of these vessels were pared with a knife or adze, and their surface was left un-smoothed.
  • Consisting of a fork, adze and pick, this forcible entry tool is used for everything from opening hot spots to removing locks.
  • Also on the floor near the entrance are an adze handle, coiled rubber hosing, and a small rusted oil can.
  • To be attacked with safety, it should be firmly fixed in a vise, and divided with some keen weapon of the nature of an adze.
British Dictionary definitions for adze


a heavy hand tool with a steel cutting blade attached at right angles to a wooden handle, used for dressing timber
Word Origin
Old English adesa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adze
O.E. adesa "adze, hatchet," of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to O.Fr. aisse, L. ascia "axe."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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