the basketlike hilt of a sword, foil, etc., serving to cover and protect the hand.
And just firmly enough and no more did my wrist twist and deflect his blade on my basket hilt.
The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London
A steel head-piece, a breastplate of the same sure metal, and a heavy sword with a basket hilt hung above D’Antons’ bed.
Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Mendoza lifted his sheathed sword and laid his right hand upon the cross-bar of the basket hilt.
In The Palace Of The King F. Marion Crawford
“That is soon tried,” said Vich Alister More, laying his hand upon the basket hilt of his claymore.
A Legend of Montrose Sir Walter Scott
I took down a long straight blade, like a rapier, with a basket hilt.
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
They are usually of brass or bronze in the shape of a shoe, but frequently they are in the form of the basket hilt of a claymore.
Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena H. J. Mozans
a hilt fitted to a broadsword, with a generally padded basket-shaped guard to protect the hand
- Basket maker
an American Indian culture of the southwestern U.S. from 100 b.c. to a.d. 65 that developed in three phases, immediately preceded the Pueblo culture, and was noted for its basketry, agriculture, use of the bow and arrow, and, in its later stages, the building of semisubterranean houses. an American Indian belonging to the Basket Maker […]
a widely cultivated alyssum, Aurinia saxatilis (or Alyssum saxatile), of the mustard family, growing in dense clumps and having clusters of small yellow flowers.
- Basket star
any echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, especially of the genus Gorgonocephalus, having long, slender, branching arms.
- Basket weave
a plain weave with two or more yarns woven together in a checkered pattern resembling that of a woven basket. Historical Examples Now drawing the weaver tightly and pushing spokes inward toward center of basket weave twelve rows of single weaving. Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill A close twill weave is often more durable than […]