Definition of adze in English:


(US adz)


  • A tool similar to an axe, with an arched blade at right angles to the handle, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood.

    • ‘Tools consist now of bone, wood and stone, made up as an adze, knife blade, borer, arrow or spearhead.’
    • ‘Specialized war weapons may be lacking - after all, war can be fought with such ordinary tools as adzes or hunting spears.’
    • ‘A man sat near his house using an adze to sculpt a handle for his bill-hook.’
    • ‘There, slowly but surely, a keel took shape as the axes and adzes flew and the wood chips piled up below.’
    • ‘Hand tools like the axe and the adze have thousands of years of history.’
    • ‘Some groups mounted blades as axes, others as adzes.’
    • ‘Stone tools include delicately made blades, microburins, burins, scrapers, and adzes.’
    • ‘Technical ice tools are available with either bent or straight shafts and either hammerheads or adzes.’
    • ‘I lift out one ax, twirl it, slam in the adze, and gingerly test it.’
    • ‘I could easily plane a length of wood or weld up sheet metal, but would I be as effective if all I had to work with was an adze or forge?’
    • ‘On the other side is an adze for chopping steps and clearing rotten ice for screws.’
    • ‘To him, money is a useful tool that humans will discard along the way, like the adz or the sword.’
    • ‘Two cold oranges arrive, looking as if they've been peeled with an adze.’
    • ‘A carpenter with his adz is an example for the second type of motion.’
    • ‘The whole thing is hand-carved, as you can see by the adze marks on the frames.’
    • ‘They are simply tools, just like an axe or adze, and only as good as the person using them.’
    • ‘He shapes the chairs by using a chainsaw and a chair maker's adze.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages flooring began to be used rough - hewn planks, shaped by broad ax and foot adz.’
    • ‘When your ice ax is stowed on your pack, place protectors on the tip, adz, and spike to prevent injury to you and others.’
    • ‘The large upright stone also bears the marks of where new adze heads were ground and sharpened.’

verbadz, adzing, adzed

[with object]
  • Cut away the surface of (a piece of wood) with an adze.

    ‘by the time it has been adzed out, you will only have a small edge to clean up’
    • ‘A family of Tamil shipwrights were adzing baulks of timber into banana-shaped fishing rafts.’
    • ‘The frames had been adzed to remove the sharp angle of a land, or notch, which originally housed the edge of the clinker plank.’
    • ‘Timbers were hand adzed to give them a woody character.’
    • ‘Planks are carefully adzed - never bent - to the correct curve.’
    • ‘Chunky and heavily adzed with unusual castellated moulding, they date from 1936.’


Old English adesa, of unknown origin.