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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chis"el
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.

Etymology: OF. chisel, F. ciseau, fr. LL. cisellus, prob. for caesellus, fr. L. caesus, p. p. of caedere to cut. Cf. Scissors

verb Chis"el
  1. To cut, pare, gouge, or engrave with a chisel; as, to chisel a block of marble into a statue.
  2. To cut close, as in a bargain; to cheat.(Slang)

Etymology: Cf. F. ciseler

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
  2. Carve with a chisel ("chisel the marble")
  3. Deprive somebody of something by deceit ("They chiseled me out of my money")
  4. Engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud ("Who's chiseling on the side?")

From Middle English chisel, chesil, from Old English ċeosol, ċeosel, ċysel, ċisel, ċisil (“gravel, sand”), from Proto-Germanic *kisilaz (“small stone, pebble”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeys- (“gravel”). Cognate with Scots keezel (“gravel”), Dutch kiezel (“gravel”), German Kiesel (“gravel”), Danish kis (“gravel”). See also chessom.

  1. Gravel.
  2. (usually in the plural) Caorse flour; bran; the coarser part of bran or flour.

From Old French cisel (French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, from Latin caesellum, from caesus, past participle of caedere (“to cut”).

  1. A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pounding the other end with a hammer, or mallet.

    chisel was also found in the following language(s): Old French

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    Past life for Chisel born Dec 8, 1982

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern New Zealand approximately on 1200. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

    Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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