American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The unmelted residue left after animal fat has been rendered.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Armor, made of metal, and lined with some soft substance, worn to protect the front of the leg below the knee. In ancient Greek examples the greaves were of thin metal fitted to the shape of the legs, which they inclosed almost completely, and were held in place by the elasticity of the metal clasping the leg. In medieval armor the greaves were often an additional defense, as of cuir-bouilli or of forged steel, worn over the chausse of mail or gamboised work. See
bainbergand jambe, and first cut under armor, fig. 2. Rarely used in the singular.
- Boots; buskins.
- See graves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The sediment of melted tallow. It is made into cakes for dogs' food. In Scotland it is called
- n. the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered
- From Low German greven. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[Page 164] 'Tarena; but for "greaves," wearing no leg-armor themselves, they had no synonym.”
“They fastened their breastplates, in war, over their smocks, and had other armour covering the lower parts of the body, and leg armour called "greaves"; while the great shield which guarded the whole body from throat to ankles was carried by a broad belt slung round the neck.”
“Then you lace up the greaves to protect your ankles.”
“Each hoplite was a proud citizen who could afford to equip himself with a bronze helmet, a thick breastplate, greaves to protect the legs, and an iron-tipped spear eight to ten feet long used for thrusting, not throwing.”
“Treasures and trophies lined the walls in large unruly piles: crowns of gold; glittering jewels; goblets and chalices; swords and shields; bronze helmets and greaves.”
“Hundreds of maces, axes, daggers, swords, knives, and even a few pistols hung on the walls, as well as a collection of different kinds of armor, from greaves worn to protect the shins to full suits of chain mail.”
“His legs were positioned in a wide war stance, his body battle-ready, with a bronze cuirass and greaves.”
“In the stead, now we are in the era of fantastical and expressive shoes-as-art-and-armor, heavy shoes with greaves and metal plates.”
“A tunic sewn with iron rings draped his chest, and there was leather enough in it to armor two normal soldiers, with remainder enough for vambraces and greaves.”
“Most had breastplates of boiled leather, and arm-guards and greaves of hammered bronze.”
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