scythe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scythe cut with a scythe "scythe grass or grain"
    • n scythe an edge tool for cutting grass; has a long handle that must be held with both hands and a curved blade that moves parallel to the ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scythe (Antiq) A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.
    • Scythe An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with a sharp edge, made fast to a long handle, called a snath, which is bent into a form convenient for use. "The sharp-edged scythe shears up the spiring grass.""Whatever thing
      The scythe of Time mows down."
    • v. t Scythe To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow. "Time had not scythed all that youth begun."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scythe An instrument used in mowing or reaping, consisting of a long curving blade with a sharp edge, made fast at an angle to a handle or snath, which is bent into a convenient form for swinging the blade to advantage. Most scythes have, fixed to the principal handle, two projecting handles by which they are held.
    • n scythe A curved sharp blade anciently attached to the wheels of some war-chariots.
    • scythe To mow; cut with a scythe, or as with a scythe.
    • scythe To arm or furnish with a scythe or scythes.
    • scythe To make a curving movement like that of a scythe, in mowing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scythe sīth a kind of sickle: an instrument with a large curved blade for mowing grass, &c
    • v.t Scythe to cut with a scythe, to mow
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Quotations

  • Hester i Thrale
    Hester i Thrale
    “A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “Occupation is the scythe of time.”
  • H.G. Wells
    H.G.%20Wells
    “I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sithe, AS. sīðe, sigðe,; akin to Icel. sigðr, a sickle, LG. segd, seged, seed, seid, OHG. segansa, sickle, scythe, G. sense, scythe, and to E. saw, a cutting instrument. See Saw

Usage

In literature:

For cutting back a stout hook with a handle two and a-half feet long or a stout scythe was used.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
Neither scythe nor spade ever comes here.
"Laugh and Play" by Various
He was a strong old man, with a scythe in his hand and great black wings.
"Stories from Hans Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Through one little gap indeed I can see the broad stretch of meadow, and the workmen in the field bending and swaying to their scythes.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
On another occasion, as we sat under the trees, a peasant came, scythe on shoulder, to complain to the countess of his wrongs.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
He is armed with a scythe, and passes gaunt and bald over the ruins of all that has lived.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
The scythes and pitchforks made sad work among the poor floundering horses.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
I heard our gardener sharpening his scythe, and the trickling of the brook in the hollow.
"Woodside" by Caroline Hadley
They could not see a scythe about him, but to every girl he took a different form.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
We saw mounds of grain that had been cut and was still scattered on the ground, with the scythe glistening nearby.
"Fighting France" by Stephane Lauzanne
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In poetry:

My nestie it lieth
I' the how o' a ban';
The swing o' the scythe
'Ill miss 't by a span.
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
And handsell'd from the Mower's scythe,
And bound with memory's living withe—
You and I and Burd so blithe—
Three maidens on a mound:
"Of Three Children" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
And still, whene'er he paused to whet
His scythe, the sidelong glance he met
Of large dark eyes, where strove
False pride and secret love.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And now we saw the banners borne
On the first of the way that we had shorn;
So we laid the scythe upon the sward
And girt us to the battle-sword.
"The Folk-Mote" by William Morris
`Now scythes are whetted and roses blow,'
Spring, carolling, said; `It is time to go.'
And though we called to her, `Stay! O stay!'
She smiled through a rainbow, and passed away.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
The stalked gold drops to the whistling flight
Of the scythes, whose lightning dives deep, leaps clear;
The plain, labor-strewn to the confines of sight,
Changes face at each instant, gay and severe.
"'Tis The Feast Of Corn" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Budget constraints have left the city unable to afford to trim its trees in recent years and on windy days, the palm fronds whip around like scythes and collect on streets and lawns the way tumbleweeds used to in Colton and Rialto.
Wielding scythes and pitchforks, about 30 men and women hack through brambles on a hillside above the Hungarian village of Gyöngyöspata.
At Lancaster County's annual mud sales, be careful with that auction number or you might end up owning a cow, scythe or Amish buggy.
Man bludgeoned niece with hand scythe .
Scythe & Sickle ($9.99 for a four-pack).
Then again, long-handled, crescent-bladed scythes don't use gas, don't get hot, don't make noise, do make for exercise, and do cut grass.
Which has been selling scythes out of Tracy City, Tenn. Scythes are poetic.
Taking a scythe to the Bill of Rights.
Scythes are enjoying a renaissance as people look for ways to eliminate the need for fossil-fuel-powered mowers.
The Scythe Supply and The Marugg Company both sell scythes with custom handmade snaths (handles) of local wood and Austrian-made blades.
Big Scythe , Cosmik, Inphynit.
SPF 40 Big Scythe Inphynit keep up.
Cosmik Krissy and Big Scythe .
There are two styles of scythes , the European and the American.
The Bluejay volleyball team swept through regional foes Wausau West and East like a sharp scythe through ripe wheat at home last week.
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