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greave

a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle
Not to be confused with:
grieve – to feel great sorrow: They grieve for the loss of their leader; lament, weep, bewail, bemoan

greave

(grēv)
n.
A piece of armor worn below the knee to protect the front of the leg.

[Singular of Middle English greves, from Old French, from greve, part in the hair (greaves probably being so called because the medial ridge running down the front of many greaves was thought to resemble the part in a head of hair), from graver, to part (the hair), engrave; see gravure.]

greave

(ɡriːv)
n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
[C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin]
greaved adj

greave

(griv)

n.
armor for the leg between the knee and ankle.
[1300–50; Middle English greves (pl.) < Old French, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.greave - armor plate that protects legs below the kneegreave - armor plate that protects legs below the knee
armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
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By the crescent upon it, it should be the second son of old Sir Hugh, who had a bolt through his ankle at the intaking of Romorantin, he having rushed into the fray ere his squire had time to clasp his solleret to his greave. There too is the hackle which is the old device of the De Brays.
Greaves must be very particular in keeping her accounts; we must go upon an entirely new plan - '
There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath; all, and especially the helmet and breastplate, so highly burnished as to glow with white radiance, and scatter an illumination everywhere about upon the floor.
Next you buckle your greaves on your legs, and your cuisses on your thighs; then come your backplate and your breastplate, and you begin to feel crowded; then you hitch onto the breastplate the half-petticoat of broad overlapping bands of steel which hangs down in front but is scolloped out behind so you can sit down, and isn't any real improvement on an inverted coal scuttle, either for looks or for wear, or to wipe your hands on; next you belt on your sword; then you put your stove-pipe joints onto your arms, your iron gauntlets onto your hands, your iron rat-trap onto your head, with a rag of steel web hitched onto it to hang over the back of your neck -- and there you are, snug as a candle in a candle-mould.
They then stripped him of a jacket that he wore over his armour, and they would have stripped off his stockings if his greaves had not prevented them.
First he greaved his legs with greaves of good make and fitted with ancle-clasps of silver; after this he donned the cuirass of his brother Lycaon, and fitted it to his own body; he hung his silver-studded sword of bronze about his shoulders, and then his mighty shield.
The Count Luigi raised money, like the rest, and one mild September morning, armed with battle-ax, portcullis and thundering culverin, he rode through the greaves and bucklers of his donjon-keep with as gallant a troop of Christian bandits as ever stepped in Italy.
122-138) So he said, and put upon his legs greaves of shining bronze, the splendid gift of Hephaestus.
We have shots of revellers enjoying a night out at The Crown Inn on Greave Road, Bacup, all of which were taken in that year.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 8 (ANI): Diversified engineering major Greaves Cotton on Thursday reported a marginal dip in its profit after tax at Rs 38 crore in the April to June quarter of 2019-20 as against Rs 40 crore in Q1 FY19.
Governor John Rankin has led the tributes to the Barbados-born jurist, Carlisle Greaves, who has announced his retirement as a Supreme Court judge after more than 20 years on the bench in the British Overseas Territory.
Winifred Greaves died in hospital on December 9, 2018, after the incident in Cardiff the day before.