• WordNet 3.6
    • n battle-ax a broadax used as a weapon
    • n battle-ax a sharp-tongued domineering wife
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Battle-ax (Mil) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n battle-ax An ax used as a weapon of war. It was in almost universal use before the introduction of firearms, and is still employed among uncivilized peoples. In heraldry it is always represented with a blade on one (usually the dexter) side and a point on the other, the staff terminating in a spear-head.
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In literature:

Behold, he lifts above her woman's head his battle-ax!
"Old Indian Days" by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
Yet they are as different as a battle-ax and a bootjack.
"What's Wrong With The World" by G.K. Chesterton
Up to this point no aid is found against the power of the sword and the battle-ax except in persuasion and in patience.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
Besides the spear a sword or a battle-ax hung at the side of each.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The bow is ornamented with a steel comb with a battle-ax attachment which threatens to cut passing boats in two occasionally, but never does.
"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In this way too, before a war, Diedrich is heard preparing for battle at one o'clock in the morning on the mountain of Ax.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Your Battle-Ax bloody, with Bow and Arrows.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
That's gum-boot, or else a plug of Battle Ax fell in.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
The pin-hole is clearly visible in a lance-head which the conflagration has welded to a battle-ax.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Given armor and a battle-ax, and nothing could have stood before him.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine

In news:

Accused battle-ax murderer may seek insanity plea .
Peggy Mount, for many years the fearsome battle-ax of British stage and screen with a voice to make henpecked husbands tremble , died on Tuesday at a London nursing home for actors.
Accused battle-ax murderer may seek insanity plea.
Prosecutors say Arterburn used a battle ax and a knife to kill the 58-year-old Horovitz, of Davenport, on June 19, 2011, at the home Arterburn shared with his mother.
Iowan gets life for killing mom 's boyfriend with battle ax.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS (AP) — Two men are accused of robbing an Inver Grove Heights man and attacking him with a battle ax.