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[adz] /ædz/
noun, verb (used with object), adzed, adzing.
adz. Unabridged
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  • 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
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Word Origin and History for adze

also adz, Middle English adese, adse, from Old English adesa "adze, hatchet," of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to Old French aisse, Latin ascia "axe" (see ax). Spelling with -z- is from 18c. Adze "has been monosyllabic only since the seventeenth century. The word has no cognates, though it resembles the names of the adz and the hammer in many languages" [Liberman, 2008].

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