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Definition of Chisel


  1. A tool with a cutting edge on one end of a metal blade, used in dressing, shaping, or working in timber, stone, metal, etc.; -- usually driven by a mallet or hammer.
  2. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue.
  3. To cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat.

Chisel Quotations

Great sculptors and artists spend countless hours perfecting their talents. They don't pick up a chisel or a brush and palette, expecting immediate perfection. They understand that they will make many errors as they learn, but they start with the basics, the key fundamentals first.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
Samuel Butler

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.

A sculptor wields The chisel, and the stricken marble grows To beauty.
William C. Bryant
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Chisel Translations

chisel in Danish is mejsel
chisel in Dutch is beitelen
chisel in French is ciseler, ciseau, buriner
chisel in Norwegian is meisel
chisel in Spanish is cincelar, cincel, desbastador
chisel in Swedish is mejsel, mejsla
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