Meaning of “adze” in the English Dictionary

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"adze" in British English

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adzenoun [ C ]

mainly UK US usually adz uk /ædz/ us /ædz/

Examples from literature

  • I also gave to each of them a knife, a small adze, some nails, beads, and a looking-glass. 
  • The sides are smoothed with adzes of the same materials and construction, but of a smaller size. 
  • Then the carpenters landed, who had great axes in their hands, and planes and adzes hung at their sides. 
  • To do this work the only tools the carpenter and his assistants had were two adzes and two small tomahawks. 
  • We dug a hole in the snow about three feet deep with the adze and put the Primus into it. 
  • We put our sticks and the adze on the snow, sat down on them as close to one another as possible, and put our arms round each other. 

(Definition of “adze” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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