- v. Simple past tense and past participle of scythe.
- adj. Armed with scythes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Armed with scythes, as a chariot.
“In front of their line, at considerable intervals from each other, were stationed the chariots called scythed chariots; they had scythes projecting obliquely from the axletree, and others under the driver's seat, pointing to the earth, for the purpose of cutting through whatever came in their way; and the design of them was to penetrate and divide the ranks of the”
“The lifetime paratrooper who explained Buford's tactics to me with clinical expertise tears up at the Antietam "Cornfield," where Joseph Hooker's men marched through rows of ripe corn in the mist of a September sunrise and were scythed down just as neatly.”
“The descriptions one has so often seen, of entire ranks and files of British infantry lying dead almost symmetrically, like so much freshly scythed wheat, are all true.”
“He's just scythed through Adriano on the edge of the area, bringing him down, but the referee played the advantage.”
“The Persian plan was to use the scythed chariots—deadly vehicles with blades attached to their wheels—first to tear through the enemy and throw the lines into confusion, opening their own hole in the Macedonian army.”
“Cavalry units from many nations formed the long center of the front line, along with scythed chariot squadrons, thousands of archers, and the elephants the Indians had brought.”
“Last week I saw burnet roses in the dunes of Northumberland: low scrubby sticks scythed by North Sea winds blooming with constellations of white flowers.”
“Von Trips was dead along with 14 spectators-killed when his Ferrari scythed into the crowd like a helicopter blade.”
“Sir Humphrey and the like will be the first to go, for they command the biggest salaries, but underlings can expect to be scythed down later.”
“Within five minutes Daniel Gustavo Cartagena, in the No 2 jersey for the mayor's team, scythed into the president after he passed the ball, gashing his right leg.”
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