Definition of Poleax

1. Noun. An ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade.

Exact synonyms: Poleaxe
Generic synonyms: Ax, Axe
Derivative terms: Poleaxe



2. Verb. Fell with or as if with a poleax. "They poleax the trees"
Exact synonyms: Poleaxe
Generic synonyms: Cut Down, Drop, Fell, Strike Down
Derivative terms: Poleaxe, Poleaxe

3. Noun. A battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick.
Exact synonyms: Poleaxe
Generic synonyms: Battle-ax, Battle-axe
Derivative terms: Poleaxe

Definition of Poleax

1. n. Anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel.

Definition of Poleax

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of poleaxe) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Poleax

1. to strike with an axlike weapon [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Poleax

pole horse
pole jam
pole jump
pole jumper
pole jumping
pole ligation
pole position
pole positions
pole star
pole stars
pole vault
pole vaulter
pole vaulting
polearm
polearms
poleax (current term)
poleaxe
poleaxed
poleaxes
poleaxing
polecat
polecat weed
polecats
poled
poledavies
poledavy
polehole
poleis
poleless
polelike

Literary usage of Poleax

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1. Miscellaneous Poems by John Byrom (1773)
"... firm Hand the rapid poleax tore" If it had been the rapid Dart, before, And t\\ej)rong poleax, here, it had agreed With a firm Hold as well, ..."

2. Miscellaneous Poems by John Byrom (1773)
"And with firm Hand the rapid poleax hore" If it had been the rapid Dart, before, And they?ru»g poleax, here, it had agreed With a firm Hold as well, ..."

3. The Turkish History: Comprehending the Origin of that Nation, and the Growth by Richard Knolles (1701)
"... Cook,1, poleax-Ment and ... the Pages and poleax-Men belonging to the Seraglio, went to the. ..."

4. Monthly Consular and Trade Reports by United States Bureau of Manufactures (1908)
"All over England, from time immemorial, the poleax has been the officially recognized ... With the poleax additional blows have been found necessary. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"... a broad-headed poleax (or 'malleus, malleator,' according to Klein). Klein applied the name to the hammer- headed sharks, and it was first misapplied by ..."

6. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"... Of folded hides; and others shields of Pr« One hung a poleax at his saddlebow, And one a heavy mace to stun the foe; One for his legs and knees provided ..."

7. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1898)
"There had been deadly peril in that thrust, but that a poleax in the hand of an Irishman came down and cleft the traitor to the eyes. ..."

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