from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hilt or handle of a sword. See hilt, n., 1.


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  • Brydon waited with one hand on his sword-hilt in case the guards outside chose to investigate the mass exodus.

    The Gauntlet Thrown Chapter Thirty Six

  • He stepped through cautiously with one hand on his sword-hilt and Toryn followed.

    The Gauntlet Thrown Chapter Thirty Six

  • He reached for the sword-hilt that was … not there — he had left it in the Great Hall.

    The Gauntlet Thrown Chapter Thirty Eight

  • A rhetorical question if ever I heard one, with the old death's-head glaring like Dragfoot the Hangman, and then he swung towards our group, hitching his sword-hilt out of the way and fumbling in his pants pocket.


  • There again, there's a line in Beowulf in which the Swedish king Ongentheow, slain in battle, has his sword-hilt the hilt is specifically mentioned, although in Seamus Heaney's translation it appears to be just the hilt and in Michael Alexander's it's a "hilted sword" - make of that what you will taken from him by his victorious enemies.

    Staffordshire Hoard

  • Nay, never fumble with your sword-hilt, but out with it like


  • Also there were with the minister ten armed slaves who, seeing their master entreated after this fashion, laid hand on sword-hilt and would have bared blades and fallen on Nur al-Din to cut him down; but the merchants and bystanders said to them,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She shook her sides and swayed her haunches, then put her hair on sword-hilt and went up to King Shahriyar, who embraced her as hospitable host embraceth guest, and threatened her in her ear with the taking of the sword; and she was even as saith of her the poet in these words: —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I should see the sun flashing from his sword-hilt and the buckles on his shoes.

    Amy Lowell

  • Don Guzman clapt his hand on his sword-hilt instantly.

    Westward Ho!


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