American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A handle of a tool, such as an ax, chisel, or hammer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The handle of an ax, adz, or hatchet.
- n. The shank of a forge-hammer or trip-hammer: also used for the whole hammer.
- To furnish with a helve or handle, as an ax.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.
- n. The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer.
- n. A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head.
- v. To furnish with a helve, as an ax.
- n. the handle of a weapon or tool
- From Old English helfe. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hielfe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the helve, which is pretty thick, is made a hole into which the stone is fixed.”
“See that the handle or "helve" is perfectly straight and true in line with the head and the edge.”
“His hands were playing with a pickaxe helve, as if he longed to have me under it.”
“Out of curiosity, I lay down on the ice and looked through the hole, until I saw the axe a little on one side, standing on its head, with its helve erect and gently swaying to and fro with the pulse of the pond; and there it might have stood erect and swaying till in the course of time the handle rotted off, if I had not disturbed it.”
“Carpalin, this helve and this hatchet are well matched.”
“Presently two great miracles were seen: up springs the hatchet from the bottom of the water, and fixes itself to its old acquaintance the helve.”
“The helve and quillons (she knew these terms courtesy of Bruce, the show's swordmaster, who was a real bug on all things edged and pointy) were of the same color metal as the blade, though glossier, and very fancy in a curved and scrolled fashion.”
“We told them in 1993 helve the reforms but they would not listen to us.”
“At the anvil™s foot lay what seemed to be the helve of a giant™s hammer.”
“Telemark returned the greeting, then stepped clear, his axe rested helve downward in the moss.”
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