poleax
I. noun Etymology: Middle English polax, pollax, from pol, polle poll + ax Date: 14th century 1. a battle-ax with a short handle and often a hook or spike opposite the blade; also one with a long handle used as an ornamental weapon 2. an ax used in slaughtering cattle II. transitive verb Date: 1882 to attack, strike, or fell with or as if with a poleax

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  • poleax — or poleaxe [pōl′aks΄] n. pl. poleaxes [altered (infl. by POLE2) < ME pollax < pol, POLL + ax, AX1] 1. a long handled battle ax 2. any ax with a spike, hook, or hammer opposite the blade …   English World dictionary

  • Poleax — Pole ax , Poleaxe Pole axe , n. [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See {Poll} head, and Ax.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poleax — (n.) kind of axe used as a weapon or by butchers, c.1300, pollax, from pol head (see POLL (Cf. poll) (n.)) + AX (Cf. ax). From notion of either beheading or head splitting. Spelling altered 17c. by confusion with POLE (Cf. pole) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • poleax — I noun 1. an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade • Syn: ↑poleaxe • Derivationally related forms: ↑poleaxe (for: ↑poleaxe) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • poleax — /pohl aks /, n., pl. poleaxes / ak siz/, v., poleaxed, poleaxing. n. 1. a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot. 2. an ax, usually with a hammer opposite the cutting edge, used in… …   Universalium

  • poleax — n. battleaxe, heavy axe with a broad edge used in the past as offensive weapon; axe having a hammer opposite the cutting edge used to slaughter animals v. kill with a poleax; knock down with a poleaxe; shock very much …   English contemporary dictionary

  • poleax — pole•ax [[t]ˈpoʊlˌæks[/t]] n. pl. ax•es [[t] ˌæk sɪz[/t]] v. 1) a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot 2) to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax • Etymology: 1300–50; ME… …   From formal English to slang

  • poleax — pole·ax …   English syllables

  • Poleaxe — Poleax Pole ax , Poleaxe Pole axe , n. [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See {Poll} head, and Ax.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Weaponry —    During the WARS OF THE ROSES, English MEN AT ARMS carried various types of weapons into battle, including thrusting and stabbing implements, such as swords and daggers, and powerful battering weapons, such as maces and poleaxes.    For close… …   Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses

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