• WordNet 3.6
    • n handspike a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Handspike hănd"spīk` A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handspike A bar, commonly of wood, used with the hand as a lever for various purposes, as in raising weights, moving guns, heaving about a windlass, etc.
    • handspike To move by means of a handspike: as, to handspike a cannon into place.
    • handspike To strike with a handspike.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Handspike a bar used with the hand as a lever
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.


In literature:

A handspike was, after some hours' labour, converted into a handle with one side cut flat.
"The Island Queen" by R.M. Ballantyne
Again we gave another heave, and smashed both the handspikes.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was felled with a handspike as he did so; the crew then rushed into the cabin and the captain was overpowered and bound.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
A move was made towards him, but he backed, and picking up a handspike swung it round his head.
"Light Freights, Complete" by W. W. Jacobs
There was a handspike lying near and he seized it.
""Run To Seed"" by Thomas Nelson Page
When Seagram regained his deck, he was bleeding profusely from a wound in the head received from a handspike while attempting to board.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Letting go the bowl, I frantically clutched a handspike sticking in the windlass, the nearest object to me.
"The Two Whalers" by W.H.G. Kingston
That Mounseer had a handy way o' usin' the handspike.
"The Battle and the Breeze" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was still striking the lad, when old Tom stepped between them, grasping a handspike.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sam Baker seized a heavy ash handspike about five feet long, and was on his way to meet his comrade before the others had gained the ice.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
I saw the foremost swimmers struck upon the head, or pushed away by violent "jabbing" from the oars and handspikes.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
The American sailors above them fired volleys into their faces, and beat them back with handspikes.
"Strange Stories from History for Young People" by George Cary Eggleston
Herman was to fasten the door leading from the cabin to the steerage with a handspike.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Harry looked round for some instrument with which to force the door, and his eye fell upon a handspike, probably dropped by some flying foe.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
Did you ever get the big end of a handspike jammed into your face by a big man, sir?
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Snatching up the iron-shod handspike, Jack rushed straight at the forecastle door.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Knobs of iron on the cheeks of a gun-carriage to keep the handspike from slipping when prising up the breech.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I had a handspike in my hand with which I had been helping to roll the kegs.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
He went for me, but had to stop before the handspikes of the crowd.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Our men who had handspikes in their hands hit at them to stop them doing this.
"Kidnapping in the Pacific" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

The noble hero hard blows did strike,
As he swung round his head the handspike;
He seemed like a destroying angel in the midst of the fight
The way he scattered the Arabs left and right.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall
Even then we have dangers,
From meddlesome strangers,
Who spy on our business and are not content
To take a smooth answer,
Except with a handspike . . .
And they say they are murdered by poor honest men!
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling
For ten minutes a desperate struggle raged from left to rear
While Gunner Smith saved Lieutenant guthrie's life without dread or fear;
When all the other gunners had been borne back,
He took up a handspike, and the Arabs he did whack.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall
They wore no coat of armour, the boys in twilight days–
They sang no classic music, but the old 'Come all ye' lays;
For armed with axe and handspike, each giant tree their foe,
They rallied to the battle-cry of 'Gee!' 'G'lang!' and 'Whoa!'
"An Idyl Of The Farm" by Thomas O Hagan