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A handle of a tool, such as an axe, chisel, or hammer.
[Middle English, from Old English hielfe.]
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(Tools) the handle of a hand tool such as an axe or pick
(Tools) (tr) to fit a helve to (a tool)
[Old English hielfe; related to Old Saxon hèlvi, Old High German halb, Lithuanian kìlpa stirrup; see halter]
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n., v. helved, helv•ing. n.
1. the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like.v.t.
2. to furnish with a helve.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English h(i)elfe, c. Old Saxon helfi, Old High German halp]
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Past participle: helved
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|Noun||1.||helve - the handle of a weapon or tool |
awl - a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
file - a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
knife - edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
reap hook, reaping hook, sickle - an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle
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