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hal·berd

 (hăl′bərd, hôl′-) also hal·bert (-bərt)
n.
A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axelike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.

[French hallebarde, from Old French alabarde, from Old Italian alabarda, from Middle High German helmbarde, halmbarte : helm, handle + barte, axe (from Old High German barta; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).]

hal′ber·dier′ (-bər-dîr′) n.

halberd

(ˈhælbəd) or

halbert

n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon consisting of a long shaft with an axe blade and a pick, topped by a spearhead: used in 15th- and 16th-century warfare
[C15: from Old French hallebarde, from Middle High German helm handle, helm1 + barde axe, from Old High German bart beard]
ˌhalberˈdier n

hal•berd

(ˈhæl bərd, ˈhɔl-)

also hal•bert

(-bərt)

n.
a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries.
[1485–95; < Middle French hallebarde < Middle Low German helmbarde=helm handle (c. helm1) + barde broadax (c. Middle High German barte)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.halberd - a pike fitted with an ax headhalberd - a pike fitted with an ax head  
battle-ax, battle-axe - a broadax used as a weapon
pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
Translations
halapartna

halberd

[ˈhælbəd] Nalabarda f

halberd

nHellebarde f
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At this point they saw approaching the spot where they stood a man on foot, proceeding at a rapid pace, and beating a mule loaded with lances and halberds.
The instant they entered Don Quixote asked the landlord after the man with the lances and halberds, and was told that he was in the stable seeing to his mule; which was what Sancho and the cousin proceeded to do for their beasts, giving the best manger and the best place in the stable to Rocinante.
Then the handles of the halberds were let fall upon the heads and shoulders of the rash invaders; at times, also, it was the steel as well as the wood, and, in that case, a large empty circle was formed around the guard; a space conquered upon the extremities, which underwent, in their turn the oppression of the sudden movement, which drove them against the parapets of the Seine.
Halberds struck men down, swords ran them through, muskets were discharged at them.
To arm these, they had eleven muskets, five pistols, three fowling-pieces, five muskets or fowling-pieces which were taken by me from the mutinous seamen whom I reduced, two swords, and three old halberds.
A large figure of Christ might be vaguely descried above the judges, and everywhere there were pikes and halberds, upon whose points the reflection of the candles placed tips of fire.
A young and beautiful woman darted from the crowd, and caring not for the soldiers who surrounded him, unafraid of their swords and halberds, she reached the old man's side, and threw herself sobbing on his breast.
Then his keen hunting-knife flew forth and in a trice, Stout Will, Lester, and merry John were free men and had sprung forward and seized the halberds from the nearest soldiers guarding the gallows.
Indeed, the narwhal is armed with a sort of ivory sword, a halberd, according to the expression of certain naturalists.
All the school- children, the singers and the firemen walked on the sidewalks, while in the middle of the street came first the custodian of the church with his halberd, then the beadle with a large cross, the teacher in charge of the boys and a sister escorting the little girls; three of the smallest ones, with curly heads, threw rose leaves into the air; the deacon with outstretched arms conducted the music; and two incense-bearers turned with each step they took toward the Holy Sacrament, which was carried by M.
There was an exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk and morion, marched back and forth with halberd at shoulder under flapping banners with the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise and confusion.
A captive to my sword and to my lance, noble Captain,'' replied the Clerk of Copmanhurst; ``to my bow and to my halberd, I should rather say; and yet I have redeemed him by my divinity from a worse captivity.