hand ax
noun Date: 13th century 1. a short-handled ax intended for use with one hand 2. a prehistoric stone tool having one end pointed for cutting and the other end rounded for holding in the hand

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  • hand ax — or hand axe n. a stone tool of the Paleolithic period rounded at one end for grasping and flaked to make sharp edges and a point at the other end …   English World dictionary

  • hand ax — hand′ ax (or axe ) n. ara a usu. large bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic industries • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • hand ax — noun a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping • Syn: ↑hand axe • Hypernyms: ↑edge tool * * * noun : a prehistoric stone implement consisting of a biface core having one end pointed for cutting and the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand ax — 1. Also, hand axe. a usually large, general purpose bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic industries. 2. See broad hatchet. [bef. 1000; ME, OE] * * * …   Universalium

  • hand tool — any tool or implement designed for manual operation. * * * Introduction  any of the implements used by craftsmen in manual operations, such as chopping, chiseling, sawing, filing, or forging. Complementary tools, often needed as auxiliaries to… …   Universalium

  • ax — I ax, axe (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. chopper, hatchet; instrument (See music). See arms, sharpness. v., slang, dismiss (See ejection). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. hatchet, adz, mattock, tomahawk, battle ax, poleax, pickax, cleaver,… …   English dictionary for students

  • hand axe — noun a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping • Syn: ↑hand ax • Hypernyms: ↑edge tool * * * hand ax or hand axe, a prehistoric tool shaped for holding in the hand and used especially for cutting and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ax — axlike, adj. /aks/, n., pl. axes /ak siz/, v., axed, axing. n. 1. an instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc. 2. Jazz Slang. any musical instrument. 3. have an ax to grind, to have a personal… …   Universalium

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  • hand — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 part of the body ADJECTIVE ▪ left, right ▪ beautiful, delicate, long fingered, pretty, slender ▪ mani …   Collocations dictionary

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