What is the difference between adze and axe?

adze | axe |

Axe is a see also of adze.

Adze is a see also of axe.


As nouns the difference between adze and axe

is that adze is a cutting tool that has a curved blade set at a right angle to the handle and is used in shaping wood while axe is a tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it or axe can be (archaic) the axle of a wheel.

As verbs the difference between adze and axe

is that adze is to shape a material using an adze while axe is to fell or chop with an axe or axe can be to furnish with an axle or axe can be (obsolete|or|dialectal) (ask).

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adze

English

Alternative forms

* adz (US)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A cutting tool that has a curved blade set at a right angle to the handle and is used in shaping wood.
  • * 1719 , :
  • ...if I wanted a board, I had no other way but to cut down a tree, set it on an edge before me, and hew it flat on either side with my axe, till I brought it to be thin as a plank, and then dub it smooth with my adze .

    See also

    * adze-eye hammer * axe * mattock

    References

    Verb

    (adz)
  • To shape a material using an adze.
  • Anagrams

    *

    axe

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) , and also (etyl) (m).

    Alternative forms

    * ax (largely US)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.
  • An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.
  • (informal) A dismissal or rejection.
  • His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe .
  • * 1975 , (Bob Dylan), (Tangled Up in Blue)
  • I had a job in the great North Woods
    Workin' as a cook for a spell.
    But I never did like it all that much
    And one day the axe just fell.
  • (slang, music) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.
  • (finance) A directional position or interest, by a dealer in a financial market – if one wishes to unload stock, one is “axed to sell” or “has an axe”. Shedding the correlation ‘axe’, Risk magazine Derived from “have an axe to grind”, which is also used.
  • Usage notes
    In the United States, this spelling is often used to distinguish the weapon from the tool, though some simply don't use the "ax" spelling at all, and only use "axe".
    Synonyms
    * chop, pink slip, sack, boot
    Derived terms
    * have an axe to grind * battle axe * axeman
    See also
    * adze * hatchet * twibill

    Verb

    (ax)
  • To fell or chop with an axe.
  • To terminate or reduce tremendously in a rough or ruthless manner.
  • The government announced its plans to axe public spending.
    The broadcaster axed the series because far less people than expected watched it.
  • To lay off: to terminate a person's employment
  • He got axed in the last round of firings.
    Synonyms
    * (lay off) fire, lay off, downsize

    Etymology 2

    Alternative forms

    * (US)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) The axle of a wheel.
  • Verb

    (ax)
  • To furnish with an axle.
  • Etymology 3

    Verb

    (ax)
  • (obsolete, or, dialectal)
  • * 1395 , John Wycliffe, trans. Bible , 1 Corinthis 14:35:
  • But if thei wolen ony thing lerne, at home axe thei her hosebondis; for it is foule thing to a womman to speke in chirche.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke IIi:
  • And the people axed hym, sayinge: What shall we do then.