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chiseled

[chiz-uh ld] /ˈtʃɪz əld/
adjective
1.
cut, shaped, etc., with a chisel:
chiseled stone.
2.
sharply or clearly shaped; clear-cut:
She has finely chiseled features.
Also, especially British, chiselled.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; chisel + -ed2
Related forms
unchiseled, adjective
unchiselled, adjective

chisel

[chiz-uh l] /ˈtʃɪz əl/
noun
1.
a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.
3.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.
verb (used with object), chiseled, chiseling or (especially British) chiselled, chiselling.
4.
to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
5.
to cheat or swindle (someone):
He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
6.
to get (something) by cheating or trickery:
He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
verb (used without object), chiseled, chiseling or (especially British) chiselled, chiselling.
7.
to work with a chisel.
8.
to trick; cheat.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, variant of Old French cisel < Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, diminutive of *cīsus, for Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut, with -ī- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. excide
Related forms
chisellike, adjective
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  • Only his nose and feet were chiseled from the reliefs in his chapel.
  • One cool bit: the tires were chiseled from solid blocks of rubber, the only way to support the weight of the car.
  • Close up, she could see his chiseled face, a small cleft in his chin.
  • One look at them could have told you that no human hand had chiseled those drawings in the stone.
  • Patiently but insistently, they chiseled away for years at athletic segregation.
  • chiseled square at downstream side of bridge at base of third railing post from right end.
  • chiseled square in center of lower lip of doorway to gage house.
  • Over the years many of the boulders have been covered with these chiseled figures known as petroglyphs.
  • The local terrain is comprised of rugged, wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons.
  • The local terrain is comprised of rugged, rolling foothills, with wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons.
British Dictionary definitions for chiseled

chiselled

/ˈtʃɪzəld/
adjective
1.
carved or formed with or as if with a chisel
2.
clear-cut: finely chiselled features

chisel

/ˈtʃɪzəl/
noun
1.
  1. a hand tool for working wood, consisting of a flat steel blade with a cutting edge attached to a handle of wood, plastic, etc. It is either struck with a mallet or used by hand
  2. a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
2.
to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel
3.
(slang) to cheat or obtain by cheating
Word Origin
C14: via Old French, from Vulgar Latin cīsellus (unattested), from Latin caesus cut, from caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for chiseled
adj.

"having sharp outlines," 1821, figurative past participle adjective from chisel (v.).

chisel

n.

early 14c., from Anglo-French cisel, Old French cisel "chisel," in plural, "scissors, shears" (12c., Modern French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum "cutting tool," from Latin caesellum, diminutive of caesus, past participle of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Related: Chiseled; chiseling.

v.

c.1500, "to break with a chisel," from chisel (n.). Slang sense of "to cheat, defraud" is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure (cf. slang sense of gouge); chiseler in this sense is from 1918. Related: Chiseled; chiseling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chiseled

chisel

verb
  1. To cheat or defraud, esp in a petty way; deal unfairly; scam: Every time I buy a car part, he chisels a buck or two (1808+)
  2. To get without necessarily intending to repay or return; bum, mooch: Can I chisel a cigarette from you, pal? (1920s+)

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