Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic A sword, especially a broadsword.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve.
  • n. A light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.
  • n. A sword.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve; also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.
  • n. A sword; -- used poetically and loosely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See glave.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin gladius; see gladiator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gleve, from Latin gladius ("sword") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are accounted one of the most ancient clans in the Highlands, and it is certain they were a people of original Celtic descent, and occupied at one period very extensive possessions in Perthshire and Argyleshire, which they imprudently continued to hold by the coir a glaive, that is, the right of the sword.

    Rob Roy

  • Rising, Tyrande solemnly said, If Elune grants it, what power I wield both with my glaive and through my prayers to her will I offer!

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • The high priestess expertly slipped off while still using her whirling glaive to cut at whatever branch snagged at them.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • Then her gaze returned to the glaive … and her determination hardened.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • My time away from my calling would hardly have left me high in his opinion … His eyes shifted to the glaive, which now lay up on the table.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • But the glaive only caused the upper and lower halves to momentarily part.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • Quickly, she returned her attention to the glaive.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • Before Malfurion could ask who she meant, Tyrande brought the glaive up in a salute and murmured something in the hidden tongue of the Sisterhood.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • Tyrande took up a stand in front of the archdruid and threw the moonlight glaive.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • The high priestess shot a glance toward the glaive—it was still by the blankets, where it had been before the intruders had burst in.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

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  • "Wells of shadow; E, the whitewash of mists and tents,
    glaives of icebergs, albino kings, frostbit fennels;"
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 85

    May 23, 2010