• WordNet 3.6
    • n helve the handle of a weapon or tool
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Helve (Iron Working) A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head.
    • Helve The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.
    • Helve (Iron Working) The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer.
    • v. t Helve To furnish with a helve, as an ax.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n helve The handle of an ax, adz, or hatchet.
    • n helve The shank of a forge-hammer or trip-hammer: also used for the whole hammer.
    • helve To furnish with a helve or handle, as an ax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Helve helv the handle of an axe or hatchet: the handle of a forehammer
    • v.t Helve to furnish with a handle, as an axe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. helve, helfe, AS. hielf, helf, hylf, cf. OHG. halb,; and also E. halter, helm, of a rudder


In literature:

Here you, Peterson, hand me over that pick-helve.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
They cut and shaved axe-handles and helved them.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
Lyman Gilman rested on his ax-helve at the wood-pile of Farmer Bacon to listen to the music around him.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
And he ran out and gave Turkey Proudfoot a sharp rap with the axe helve.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The helve of the axe was stained with blood, and clung to his grasp as if his palms were glued.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Wood for axe-helves was carefully chosen, sawed, split, and whittled into shape.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
One step and the man's fingers closed about the helve of his axe, and he whirled to meet the second onslaught.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
He flings the helve after the hatchet.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The pick sunk to its helve in the earth, now softened by the spring rain.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
The feel of the blow was good as the keen blade sank to the helve.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
The weeders should be armed with the best steel hoes, with factory-made helves of ash, light and slightly flexible.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
Let 'em take pick-helves, and if there's only twenty of ye and ye fall upon this crowd ye'll drive 'em.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
The hand on the axe helve shook perceptibly.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Wa-sa-Kejic gave him a tap on the nose with the helve of the axe, which had the effect of stunning him.
"Canadian Wilds" by Martin Hunter
Sile was drifting into the side of the sandbar savagely, trying to strike the axe-helve, and Old Al.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
There was a nick in the helve that I had put there myself.
"Camps and Trails" by Henry Abbott
Up springs the hatchet from the bottom of the water, and fixes itself to its old acquaintance, the helve.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18" by Various
With the helve of his mattock tight in his grasp, he sank into a dreamless sleep.
"The Princess and Curdie" by George MacDonald
Others go in pursuit of timber for ax-helves.
"Forest Life and Forest Trees: comprising winter camp-life among the loggers, and wild-wood adventure." by John S. Springer
I fling but the helve after the hatchet that has sunk into the silent stream.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 4, November 1, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

The dearness of common things —
Beech wood, tea, plate-shelves,
And the whole family of crockery —
Wood-axes, blades, helves.
"Common Things" by Ivor Gurney
Here's your book, younger folks shelve!
Played I not off-hand and runningly,
Just now, your masterpiece, hard number twelve?
Here's what should strike, could one handle it cunningly:
HeIp the axe, give it a helve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In science:

Rauch, Neutron interferometric tests of quantum mechanics, Helv.
Quantum dice
Aerts, The missing element of reality in the description of quantum mechanics of the EPR paradox situation, Helv.
Quantum dice
Aerts, A mechanistic classical laboratory situation vi2, exactly ‘in the olating the Bell inequalities with 2 same way’ as its violations by the EPR experiments, Helv.
Quantum dice
Siedentop, Stability of Relativistic Matter via ThomasFermi Theory, Helv.
Stability of Matter in Magnetic Fields
Rovelli, Loop Quantum Gravity and Black Hole Physics, Helv.
Black Hole Thermodynamics Today
Giulini, “The Group of Large Diffeomorphisms in Classical Quantum Gravity”, Helv.
Summary of GR15 Session D1(1), Quantum General Relativity
Vendrell, “A black hole in two-dimensional space-time”, hep-th/9705135; Helv.
Summary of Session A6: Alternative Theories of Gravity
Rendall, A. D., “Constant mean curvature foliations in cosmological spacetimes.”, Helv.
Local and global existence theorems for the Einstein equations
Trubowitz, An infinite Volume Expansion for Many Fermion Green’s Functions, Helv.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
Trubowitz, Ward Identities and a Perturbative Analysis of a U(1) Goldstone Boson in a Many Fermion System, Helv.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
Trubowitz, Perturbation theory for Many Fermion Systems, Helv.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
Trubowitz, The flow of an Electron-Phonon System to the Superconducting State, Helv.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
Niederer, The maximal kinematical invariance groups of Schr¨odinger equations with arbitrary potentials, Helv.
Geometric optics and instability for semi-classical Schrodinger equations
Hepp, ‘Quantum Theory of Measurement and Macroscopic Observables’, Helv.
Unifying Decoherence and the Heisenberg Principle
Correlation functions of general observables in dipole-type systems, Helv.
Dipole-Dipole Correlations for the sine-Gordon Model