Helve
Helve Helve, n. [OE. helve, helfe, AS. hielf, helf, hylf, cf. OHG. halb; and also E. halter, helm of a rudder.] 1. The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze. [1913 Webster]

2. (Iron Working) (a) The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer. (b) A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(of an ax or a hatchet), ,


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Helve — Helve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Helved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Helving}.] To furnish with a helve, as an ax. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • helve — [helv] n. [ME helfe < OE, akin to MDu helf: for IE base see HALF] the handle of a tool, esp. of an ax or hatchet vt. helved, helving to put a helve on; equip with a helve …   English World dictionary

  • helve — (n.) O.E. helfe, hielfe handle of an axe or other tool or weapon, from P.Gmc. *halb (Cf. O.S. helvi, M.Du. helf, O.H.G. halb handle of an axe, O.H.G. helmo tiller ); related to HALTER (Cf. halter) and HELM (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • helve — helver, n. /helv/, n., v., helved, helving. n. 1. the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like. v.t. 2. to furnish with a helve. [bef. 900; ME; OE h(i)elfe] * * * …   Universalium

  • helve — noun /hɛlv/ The handle or haft of a tool or weapon. The eyelet in the rose pilleum of his glans welled a clear bead that silled under the corona, wound the veinclomb helve, and ran a snailtrack down the thrum and ridge of the underduct …   Wiktionary

  • helve — [[t]hɛlv[/t]] n. v. helved, helv•ing 1) bui the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like 2) bui to furnish with a helve • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE h(i) elfe, c. OS helfi, OHG halp …   From formal English to slang

  • helve — /hɛlv/ (say helv) noun 1. the handle of an axe, hatchet, hammer, or the like. –verb (t) (helved, helving) 2. to furnish with a helve. {Middle English; Old English h(i)elfe} …   Australian English dictionary

  • helve — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hielfe; probably akin to Old English helma helm Date: before 12th century a handle of a tool or weapon ; haft …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • helve — Mawdesley Glossary a shaft or handle for a pick or sledgehammer …   English dialects glossary

  • helve — helv n. handle (of an axe, hammer, etc.) v. attach a handle (to an axe, hammer, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

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