hilt

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hilt

 (hĭlt)
n.
The handle of a weapon or tool.
Idiom:
to the hilt
To the limit; completely: played the role to the hilt.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

hilt

(hɪlt)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
2. to the hilt to the full
vb
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) to supply with a hilt
[Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza]

hilt

(hɪlt)
n.
1. the handle of a sword or dagger.
2. the handle of any weapon or tool.
v.t.
3. to furnish with a hilt.
Idioms:
to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e), c. Old Saxon hilte, helta, Old High German helza, Old Norse hjalt]

hilt


Past participle: hilted
Gerund: hilting

Imperative
hilt
hilt
Present
I hilt
you hilt
he/she/it hilts
we hilt
you hilt
they hilt
Preterite
I hilted
you hilted
he/she/it hilted
we hilted
you hilted
they hilted
Present Continuous
I am hilting
you are hilting
he/she/it is hilting
we are hilting
you are hilting
they are hilting
Present Perfect
I have hilted
you have hilted
he/she/it has hilted
we have hilted
you have hilted
they have hilted
Past Continuous
I was hilting
you were hilting
he/she/it was hilting
we were hilting
you were hilting
they were hilting
Past Perfect
I had hilted
you had hilted
he/she/it had hilted
we had hilted
you had hilted
they had hilted
Future
I will hilt
you will hilt
he/she/it will hilt
we will hilt
you will hilt
they will hilt
Future Perfect
I will have hilted
you will have hilted
he/she/it will have hilted
we will have hilted
you will have hilted
they will have hilted
Future Continuous
I will be hilting
you will be hilting
he/she/it will be hilting
we will be hilting
you will be hilting
they will be hilting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hilting
you have been hilting
he/she/it has been hilting
we have been hilting
you have been hilting
they have been hilting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hilting
you will have been hilting
he/she/it will have been hilting
we will have been hilting
you will have been hilting
they will have been hilting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hilting
you had been hilting
he/she/it had been hilting
we had been hilting
you had been hilting
they had been hilting
Conditional
I would hilt
you would hilt
he/she/it would hilt
we would hilt
you would hilt
they would hilt
Past Conditional
I would have hilted
you would have hilted
he/she/it would have hilted
we would have hilted
you would have hilted
they would have hilted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hilt - the handle of a sword or daggerhilt - the handle of a sword or dagger  
basket hilt - a hilt with a basket-shaped guard for the hand
dagger, sticker - a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
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"
pommel, knob - an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

hilt

noun handle, grip, haft, handgrip, helve the hilt of the small, sharp knife
to the hilt (Informal) fully, completely, totally, entirely, wholly James was overdrawn and mortgaged to the hilt.
Translations
مِقْبَض السَّيْف أو الخَنْجَر
jílecrukojeť
skaft
kardmarkolat
handfang, meîalkafli
iki kakloiki kraštų
rokturisspals

hilt

[hɪlt] Npuño m, empuñadura f
(up) to the hilthasta el cuello
he's in debt (right) up to the hiltestá agobiado or hasta el cuello de deudas
to back sb up to the hiltapoyar a algn incondicionalmente
to prove sth up to the hiltdemostrar algo hasta la saciedad

hilt

[ˈhɪlt] n
[sword] → garde f
(fig) to back sb to the hilt → soutenir qn à fond
mortgaged to the hilt
He was mortgaged to the hilt → Il avait hypothéqué tous ses biens.

hilt

nHeft nt; (of dagger)Griff m; (up) to the hilt (fig)voll und ganz; (involved, in debt also) → bis über beide Ohren (inf); I’ll back you (up) to the hiltich stehe voll und ganz hinter Ihnen

hilt

[hɪlt] n (of sword) → elsa, impugnatura
to back sb to the hilt → dare il proprio appoggio incondizionato a qn
to mortgage sth up to the hilt → ipotecare completamente qc

hilt

(hilt) noun
the handle, especially of a sword.
(up) to the hilt
up to the top; completely (sometimes undesirable). The glass was filled to the hilt; in debt up to the hilt.
References in classic literature ?
Once I wished to examine some of the swords, but an American student said, "It would not be quite polite; these now in the windows all have red hilts or blue; they will bring in some with white hilts presently, and those you can handle freely.
every now and then, and suddenly halting with finger on lip; moving with hands on imaginary dagger-hilts; and giving orders in dismal whispers that if "the foe" stirred, to "let him have it to the hilt," because "dead men tell no tales.
They stamped upon the carpet with their feet; they bit their lips till the blood came, and grasped the hilts of their swords with all their might.
The battered silver cans and tankards, I suppose, and silver buckles, and broken spoons, and silver buttons of worn-out coats, and silver hilts of swords that had figured at court,- all such curious old articles were doubtless thrown into the melting-pot together.
From the window, that commanded a view of the whole Place, D'Artagnan saw, with interior satisfaction, that such of the musketeers and guards as found themselves involved in the crowd, were able, with blows of their fists and the hilts of their swords, to keep room.
About his waist was bound many and many a yard of elaborately figured but sadly tarnished stuff that came from sumptuous Persia, and among the baggy folds in front the sunbeams glinted from a formidable battery of old brass-mounted horse-pistols and the gilded hilts of blood-thirsty knives.
They left the hide on the pieces they selected, as they use it for sandals, shield-covers, the hilts of their knives and various other purposes where tough hide is desirable.
At the upper end of the room, were a couple of boys, one of them very tall and the other very short, both dressed as sailors--or at least as theatrical sailors, with belts, buckles, pigtails, and pistols complete--fighting what is called in play-bills a terrific combat, with two of those short broad-swords with basket hilts which are commonly used at our minor theatres.
He took out of it two long Italian rapiers, with splendid steel hilts and blades, which he planted point downwards in the lawn.
I had not been long there but I discovered it more plainly than before, for every now and then I saw hilts of swords, spoons, forks, tankards, and all such kind of ware brought in, not to be pawned, but to be sold downright; and she bought everything that came without asking any questions, but had very good bargains, as I found by her discourse.
He kept rushing the matador, who always slipped smartly and gracefully aside in time, waiting for a sure chance; and at last it came; the bull made a deadly plunge for him - was avoided neatly, and as he sped by, the long sword glided silently into him, between left shoulder and spine - in and in, to the hilt.
Silver, agile as a monkey even without leg or crutch, was on the top of him next moment and had twice buried his knife up to the hilt in that defenceless body.