Definition of Hatchet

1. Noun. Weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians.

Exact synonyms: Tomahawk
Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System
Derivative terms: Tomahawk, Tomahawk

2. Noun. A small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood).
Generic synonyms: Ax, Axe
Specialized synonyms: Broad Hatchet, Claw Hatchet, Half Hatchet

Definition of Hatchet

1. n. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.

Definition of Hatchet

1. Noun. A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cut with a hatchet. ¹

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Definition of Hatchet

1. a small ax [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hatchet

1. 1. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand. 2. Specifically, a tomahawk. "Buried was the bloody hatchet." (Longfellow) Hatchet face, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet; hence: Hatchet-faced, sharp-visaged. To bury the hatchet, to make peace or become reconciled. To take up the hatchet, to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians. Origin: F. Hachette, dim. Of hache . See 1st Hatch, Hash. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Hatchet

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1. The world's wit and humor: an encyclopedia of the classic wit and humor of by Lionel Strachey (1906)
"It happened that he lost his hatchet. Now tell me who ever had more cause to ... Alas, his whole estate and life depended on his hatchet; by his hatchet he ..."

2. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon Vallée, Alois Brandl (1899)
"It happened that he lost his hatchet. Now, tell me, who ever had more cause ... Alas, his whole estate and life depended on his hatchet ; by his hatchet he ..."

3. The Complete Works of John Lyly by John Lyly (1902)
"PAPPE WITH AN hatchet. (In the following Notes the letters JP refer to John ... TITLE—Pappe with an hatchet : the proverbial nature of this phrase, ..."

4. Representative British Dramas: Victorian and Modern by Montrose Jonas Moses (1918)
"Civil words, Master hatchet. hatchet. What ! be you as dumb as the figure-head of ... hatchet. Just so; see you do them well. Now, bear up, whilst I pour a ..."

5. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1894)
"One day George Washington's father gave him a little hatchet for a—" " Gave ... Yes ; told him he must be careful with the hatchet- " Who must be careful? ..."

6. The Principles of Judicial Proof: As Given by Logic, Psychology, and General by John Henry Wigmore (1913)
"I did not, until they were pointed out to me at the coroner's inquest, observe either the string or the hatchet or the string upon the cloak.". ..."

7. The Mother of Washington and Her Times by Sara Agnes Rice Pryor (1903)
"CHAPTER XIV THE CHERRY TREE AND LITTLE hatchet WHETHER the immortal cherry ... We positively decline to bury the little hatchet or uproot the cherry tree ! ..."

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