from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ax having a hammer face opposite the blade, used to slaughter cattle.
- n. A medieval battle-ax consisting of a long shaft ending in an ax or a combination of an ax, hammer, and pick.
- transitive v. To strike or fell with or as if with a poleax: "When a gang of doves circled above the flowing water and swooped in to feed, he poleaxed the leader with a clean head shot” ( William Hoffman).
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- n. Alternative spelling of poleaxe.
- v. Alternative spelling of poleaxe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a weapon or tool consisting of an ax-head on a long handle, and often combined with a hook at the end, or a blade like a pick on the side opposite the blade of the ax; later, more loosely, a battle-ax.
- n. A weapon used in the navy by boarders and also to cut away rigging, etc. It is a hatchet with a short handle at the end of which is a strong hook.
- n. An ax for slaughtering cattle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade
- n. a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick
- v. fell with or as if with a poleax
You could poleax these people with a sledgehammer to the noggin, morning, noon and night, and still nothing would get through.
Aren't they cute when you poleax them with reality?
Nearby, Vaako, realizing what had happened, realizing what it meant, let the ancient poleax he still held fall to the ground.
Ceremonial poleax in hand, Vaako leaped from the balustrade, landed on the floor below, and raced toward the throne.
The poleax tipped up and followed him into oblivion.
Takara said nothing, but held the poleax shaft over the guard's head.
Kireno dodged the sweep of a poleax and charged in before the guard could recover.
Thus he missed the fact that the joy fill news of Bane's return caused Stephen to go rigid, as if struck by a poleax.
Then, as Zal raised the poleax, Conan darted in under the blow, and the next instant Zal was down, writhing in his own blood and entrails.
As he parried, the Cimmerian saw that the man called Zal was advancing with a heavy poleax, while Red Turban was scrambling to his feet.