• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • broad-axe An ancient military weapon; a battle-ax.
    • broad-axe An ax with a broad edge, for hewing timber.
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In literature:

He took his broad-axe and went up the log tapping it.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
With their axes the men chopped out a path through the dense undergrowth and cane-brakes broad enough for a pack-horse.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
In the middle stood an oaken block with a broad axe upon it, and the floor was splashed with blood.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Dawson picked up his broad axe, but on rising found himself within a few inches of Meek's cocked revolver.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
This axe-head, found near a cairn at Balnahannait, is of five inches long by two and a quarter broad.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang
For a moment he looked perplexed; then, seizing a broad axe, he went out of the cottage without saying another word.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
In the meantime, the axe had crashed through one of the thick, hardwood panels, making a slit broad enough to see through.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Boys found their "Broad-axe" or "Door-key" tags, picked tip at night, doubled in value by morning.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
Three or four blows of an axe would have made a broad entrance for an escalading party.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Their broad-bladed swords, their saw-edged axes, must have inflicted incurable wounds.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier

In news:

The Broad Axe Under new ownership in Hagerstown Originally published November 01, 2012.
The Broad Axe has been a staple in the Hagerstown bar scene for as long as I can remember.
The guitar 's long neck and broad body, often pointy or otherwise sharp-looking, looks a bit like a battle axe.