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|Verb||1.||chip at - engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface; "carve one's name into the bark"|
chisel - carve with a chisel; "chisel the marble"
engrave, inscribe, grave, scratch - carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"