Helve (?), n. [OE. helve, helfe, AS. hielf, helf, hylf, cf. OHG. halb; and also E. halter, helm of a rudder.]

1.

The handle of an ax, hatchet, or adze.

2. Iron Working (a)

The lever at the end of which is the hammer head, in a forge hammer.

(b)

A forge hammer which is lifted by a cam acting on the helve between the fulcrum and the head.

 

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Helve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Helved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Helving.]

To furnish with a helve, as an ax.

 

© Webster 1913.

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