What does the word adze mean?

Usage examples for adze

  1. Some of our gentlemen went ashore and were astonished to find a native occupied in building a small sloop of about thirty tons: the tools of which he made use consisted of a half worn- out axe, an adze, about two- inch blade, made out of a paring chisel, a saw, and an iron rod which he heated red hot and made it serve the purpose of an auger. – Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific by Gabriel Franchere
  2. Even now their only tools are a felling- axe, a hatchet, and a small adze; and there they sit, chop, chop, chopping, for three, six, or nine months it may be, until the house is finished. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  3. He was soon on his feet, and the adze was then produced. – The Life of Captain James Cook by Arthur Kitson