the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like.
verb (used with object), helved, helving.
to furnish with a helve.
the handle of a hand tool such as an axe or pick
(transitive) to fit a helve to (a tool)
Old English helfe, hielfe “handle of an axe” or other tool or weapon, from Proto-Germanic *halb- (cf. Old Saxon helvi, Middle Dutch helf, Old High German halb “handle of an axe,” Old High German helmo “tiller”); related to halter and helm (1), from PIE *kelp- “to hold, grasp.” In Middle English, to holden the axe bi the helve (c.1200) meant “to take something by the right end.”
[hel-vee-shuh] /hɛlˈvi ʃə/ noun 1. an Alpine region in Roman times, corresponding to the W and N parts of . 2. . /hɛlˈviːʃə/ noun 1. the Latin name for Switzerland 2. a Roman province in central Europe (1st century bc to the 5th century ad), corresponding to part of S Germany and parts of W […]
[hel-vee-shuh n] /hɛlˈvi ʃən/ adjective 1. of or relating to or the Helvetii. 2. . noun 3. one of the Helvetii. 4. a . /hɛlˈviːʃən/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Helvetii 2. another word for Swiss noun 3. a native or citizen of Switzerland 4. a member of the Helvetii adj. “Swiss,” 1550s, […]
[hel-vet-ik] /hɛlˈvɛt ɪk/ noun 1. a Swiss Protestant; Zwinglian. adjective 2. . /hɛlˈvɛtɪk/ adjective 1. Helvetian or Swiss 2. of or relating to the Helvetic Confessions or to Swiss Protestantism noun 3. a Swiss Protestant or reformed Calvinist who subscribes to one of the two Helvetic Confessions (of faith) formulated in 1536 and 1566
[hel-vee-shee-ahy] /hɛlˈvi ʃiˌaɪ/ plural noun 1. the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Helvetia in the time of Julius Caesar. /hɛlˈviːʃɪˌaɪ/ plural noun 1. a Celtic tribe from SW Germany who settled in Helvetia from about 200 bc