Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ax with a wide flat head and a short handle; a battle-ax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of broadaxe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ancient military weapon; a battle-ax.
  • n. An ax with a broad edge, for hewing timber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A battle-ax.
  • n. An ax with a broad edge, for hewing timber. See cut under ax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large ax with a broad cutting blade

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Examples

  • “Just recently she bargained well for salt, honey, and a broadax.”

    The Welkening

  • Carpenters shaped the logs into square beams using a hand tool called a broadax.

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  • So John Gaggerty, acting on behalf of God, took a broadax and went for sinner Fordney and chopped him down, severing his head, and then he went after the scarlet woman Mrs. Trippet and chopped her down too, slaying her in the scene of her sin.

    Centennial

  • September looked subdued and worried as he wiped his broadax.

    Icerigger

  • It still stood there, the one reminder of the days of old, the one thing left of Earth, with its great, scarred oak mantel that his father had carved out with a broadax from a massive log and had smoothed by hand with plane and draw-shave.

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  • Our house was made from logs hewed flat with a broadax.

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  • Our floor was of maple split with wedges and hewed out with a broadax.

    Old Rail Fence Corners The A. B. C's. of Minnesota History

  • A broadax was, you know, twelve or fourteen inches wide and the handle was curved a little.

    Old Rail Fence Corners The A. B. C's. of Minnesota History

  • They were of logs handsomely shaped with the broadax; the joints between the logs were plastered with mortar; the 15 chimney at the end was of stone; the roof was shingled, the windows were of glass, and the door was solid and well hung.

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  • Stools, benches, and tables were roughed out with auger and broadax; the puncheon floor was left bare, and if the earth formed the floor, no rug ever replaced the grass which was its first carpet.

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