Glaive

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glaive A sword; -- used poetically and loosely. "The glaive which he did wield."
    • Glaive A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve; also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glaive See glave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glaive glāv a weapon like a halberd, fixed on a long shaft, its edge on the outer curve
    • Glaive Also Glave
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. glaive, L. gladius,; prob. akin to E. claymore,. Cf. Gladiator

Usage

In literature:

It wasn't every one who could rhyme "brave" and "glaive," and make sense out of it.
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
Detourne ton glaive trenchant de tes freles victimes Vers l'Albion et sa triste Megere.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
But those two men were hundred-armed giants, the swords flew about in their hands like the burning glaive of the archangel.
"Ten Years Later" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Methought the ghosts of all those dead sat on that glittering glaive.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Where the painted brave Bled by his gory glaive.
"Soldier Songs and Love Songs" by A.H. Laidlaw
These, stationed at the gates, with naked glaive, Shoulder to shoulder, guard the pass below.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Thy blood is on the foeman's glaive, My lost, my beautiful, my brave!
"The Poetry of Wales" by John Jenkins
Behold from yonder hill the foe appears; Bows, bills, glaives, arrows, shields, and spears!
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
Then Perceval went with the witches to their Castle of Glaive.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
Spartacus was aroused, and nothing but a glaive or a battle-axe could bring him to silence and submission.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Think ye my noble father's glaive Would drink the life-blood of a slave?
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
The glaive of atonement was not one which he felt himself called upon to wield.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
Against the pustules of a leprous skin He is the glaive and the miraculous sheath.
"Contemporary Belgian Poetry" by Various
But the day when the glaive of the law strikes the last of the Kings will not be a day of joy for the Republic.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
Glaives or bills, crossbows with quarrels or darts, and bows and arrows were in the guard rooms.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
I was much tempted to measure my squire's sword with the glaive of the newly-coined knight.
"The Childhood of King Erik Menved" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
And O the days when I have swung my fine-edged glaive Amidst a sea of death where wave was dashed on wave!
"A Literary History of the Arabs" by Reynold Nicholson
I feared him, methought the ghost of all those dead sat on that glittering glaive.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Gemelscleuch to the glaive!
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Hogg
Spear and glaive were also ancient Japanese weapons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

Tall in its hall an hundred knights
In armor stood with glaive in hand;
The following of some great King,
Lord of that land.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
Their tartans they were waving wide,
Their glaives were glancing clear,
The pibrochs rung frae side to side,
Would deafen ye to hear.
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott
Dick, Gray, and Gemmel by his side,
Strike out with dripping glaive;
At each firm stroke of their right hand
A trooper finds his grave.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
So there anigh the high-bower door
They stood with spear and glaive;
“Rise up, rise up, Young Hafbur,
Out here we would thee have!”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
And as Svend Vonved approach'd the spot,
His booty among them they 'gan to allot.
Some would have his polish'd glaive,
Others, his harness, or courser brave.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
Once more to the breach for the land of the West!
And a leader we give of our bravest and best,
Of his State and his army the pride;
Hope shines like the plume of Navarre on his crest,
And gleams in the glaive at his side.
"Joe Johnston" by John Reuben Thompson