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

  • n. A handle of a tool, such as an ax, chisel, or hammer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The handle or haft of a tool or weapon.
  • v. To furnish (an axe, etc.) with a helve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.
  • n.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a helve, as an ax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a helve or handle, as an ax.
  • 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.

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

  • n. the handle of a weapon or tool


Middle English, from Old English hielfe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English helfe. (Wiktionary)



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