halberd

Definitions

  • Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n halberd a pike fitted with an ax head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halberd hŏl"bẽrd (Mil) An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halberd A broad blade with sharp edges ending in a sharp point, mounted on a handle from 5 to 7 feet long: a weapon common in the middle ages and later. It was especially in use during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and was made in extraordinary forms, particularly during the later years of its use, having points in different directions, and various edges, curved or straight. Decorated halberds with the blades richly engraved were used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by palace-guards. Compare halberdier.
    • n halberd A projection on the fore part of a horseshoe, designed to relieve the foot in cases of lameness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Halberd hal′bėrd a weapon consisting of a wooden shaft some six feet long, surmounted by an axe-like instrument balanced on the opposite side by a hook or pick
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hallebarde,; of German origin; cf. MHG. helmbarte, G. hellebarte,; prob. orig., an ax to split a helmet, fr. G. barte, a broad ax (orig. from the same source as E. beard,; cf. Icel. barða, a kind of ax, skegg, beard, skeggja, a kind of halberd) + helm, helmet; but cf. also MHG. helm, halm, handle, and E. helve,. See Beard Helmet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. halebard—Mid. High Ger. helmbarde (Ger. hellebarde)—halm, handle, or helm, helmet; Old High Ger. barta (Ger. barte), an axe.

Usage

In literature:

But the halberds were levelled in vain.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
A platoon of guards in red and yellow, with gilded helmets and tasseled halberds.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
In every quarter of the city, over the police stations, at which the thin halberd-armed guards are posted, are watch-towers.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
Root-leaves large, halberd-shaped, and supported on stems six inches in length.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Two others, being wounded with halberds, fell at the queen's feet, so that she was covered with blood.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Twenty Objects, consisting of Halberds and Swords of various kinds.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
There was another order, followed by a close fusillade-like sound of the butts of halberds planted upon the floor.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
Soldiers carrying three-edged halberds.
"A Treatise on the Art of Dancing" by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
They thrust us asunder with halberds, and then say we have parted by consent!
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Swiss guard stood to their halberds.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
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In poetry:

Await we now the battle fray,
And mark the halberd's lightning play;
Behold on slipp'ry honour's strand,
Like "hope forlorn," the warrior band.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
With halberds bare and doublets slashed,
Emblems that war will never cease,
Come martial guardians, unabashed,
And march afront the Prince of Peace.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
When the night-watch lounged through the quiet
With the stir of halberds and swords,
Not a bravo was there to defy it,
Not a gallant to brave with words.
"The Alcalde’s Daughter" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

A student brandishes a halberd, a two-handed pole weapon, during a medieval fight class Oct 3 in Concepcion, Chile.
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