battle-axe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n battle-axe a broadax used as a weapon
    • n battle-axe a sharp-tongued domineering wife
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Battle-axe (Mil) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Battle-axe a kind of axe once used in battle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bataillebattre, to beat. See Batter.

Usage

In literature:

He was then at Lyons, and was about to hold a tilt, with lance and battle-axe, before the ladies and the king.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
Broadswords, maces, battle axes, rose and fell.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The arms required were the sabre, the bow, with a quiver full of arrows, and the battle-axe.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
I will give back your horse, your sword, and battle-axe, and, for my crime, three powders besides.
"The Russian Garland" by Various
They wielded ridicule as a keen rapier, more swift and fatal than the heaviest battle-axe.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
If a tree is struck by lightning it is because some one has thrown his battle-axe at it.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
Guy observing this, lifted up his battle axe and smote her such a blow as made her recoil.
"Traditional Nursery Songs of England" by Various
Second quarter, Norway, a lion crowned, or holding a Danish battle-axe.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
Theophilus, undaunted, commands a veteran to strike the image with his battle-axe.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
I prefer to do battle with you, vile bandit; give me the axe!
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Then we summoned to our board
Young Meagher of the sword:
'Tis he will sheathe that battle-axe in Saxon gore;
And Mitchil of Belfast
We bade to our repast,
To dthrink a dish of coffee on the Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray
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

In news:

Sherman hosts Denison in 110th Battle of the Axe.
For more than 100 years, the Cal Bears and Stanford Cardinal have battled for "the Axe" in the Big Game.
Team Obsolete 's Harley-Davidson XRTT 909 Battle Axe.
Jury deliberates battle axe killing case.
A man accused of killing his mother's boyfriend with a medieval battle axe has been found guilty.
Prosecutors say a man killed his mother's boyfriend with a medieval battle axe .
Bemidji State takes on MSU-Moorhead for Battle Axe trophy.
The Battle of the Axe is heating up on a national stage.
A creative array of medieval weaponry bristles from the hands of each box -warrior: lances, maces, battle-axes, and swords.
MADISON, WI (WSAU) It has been 18 long years since Minnesota's Golden Gophers were able to parade Paul Bunyan's Battle Axe after a victory at Camp Randall Stadium.
The guitar 's long neck and broad body, often pointy or otherwise sharp-looking, looks a bit like a battle axe.
Judging by the first film, Jackson's planned "Hobbit" trilogy would benefit from being edited with a dwarven battle axe, and it really should have been two movies , not three.
Enough with the fire-breathing, and lay down your battle-axes.
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In science:

Glasses have been of use to mankind from early on, be it as arrowheads for the stone age people of Corsica and the Americas, the obsidian battle axes and swords of the Aztecs, pumice scrappers for animal hides, or the tektite ornaments and fertility symbols of our ancestors.
Formulation of thermodynamics for the glassy state: configurational energy as a modest source of energy
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