handspike
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Dutch handspaak, from hand hand + spaak pole; akin to Old English spāca spoke Date: 1615 a bar used as a lever

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  • Handspike — Hand spike (h[a^]nd sp[imac]k ), n. A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handspike — [hand′spīk΄] n. [altered (by assoc. with SPIKE1) < Du handspaeke (modern Du handspaak) < hand, hand + spaeke, rod, pole] a heavy bar used as a lever, as in turning a capstan …   English World dictionary

  • Handspike — A handspike is similar to a crowbar. It s a metal bar or pipe that s used as a lever, for prying on things …   Wikipedia

  • handspike — noun A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes. Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried …   Wiktionary

  • handspike — /hand spuyk /, n. a bar used as a lever. [1605 15; < D handspaak (see HAND, SPOKE2), with spaak replaced by SPIKE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • handspike — n. bar used as a lever …   English contemporary dictionary

  • handspike — noun historical a wooden rod with an iron tip, used as a lever on board ship and by artillery soldiers …   English new terms dictionary

  • handspike — hand·spike …   English syllables

  • handspike — hand•spike [[t]ˈhændˌspaɪk[/t]] n. bui a bar used as a lever • Etymology: 1605–15; < D handspaak (see hand, spoke II), with spaak replaced by spike I …   From formal English to slang

  • handspike — /ˈhændspaɪk/ (say handspuyk) noun a bar used as a lever, especially in a windlass or capstan for raising an anchor. {Dutch handspaak hand bar, assimilated to spike} …   Australian English dictionary

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