helve

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 helve — Mawdesley Glossary a shaft or handle for a pick or sledgehammer …

    English dialects glossary

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

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 helve — [hɛlv] noun the handle of a weapon or tool. Origin OE helfe, of Gmc origin; related to halter …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 helve — n. Handle (of an ax or a hatchet), haft, heft …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 helve —   n. handle; hilt …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 15 helve —  the handle of a spade. Derb …

    A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • 16 helve — n. the handle of a weapon or a tool. Etymology: OE helfe f. WG …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 helve-hammer — helveˈ hammer noun A tilt hammer • • • Main Entry: ↑helve …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 helve hammer — noun : a power hammer consisting essentially of a heavy head at one end of a lever lifted by power and dropping by its own weight on work that rests on an anvil compare strap hammer, trip hammer …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 Frontal helve — Frontal Fron tal, n. [F. frontal, fronteau, OF. Frontel, frontal, L. frontale an ornament for the forehead, frontlet. See {Front}.] 1. Something worn on the forehead or face; a frontlet; as: (a) An ornamental band for the hair. (b) (Mil.) The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 20 belly-helve — /bel ee helv /, n. Brit. Metalworking. a triphammer in which the cams act at a point along the helve, partway between the fulcrum and the head. [1880 85] * * * …

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