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  1. glaive(Noun)

    A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve.

  2. glaive(Noun)

    A light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.

  3. glaive(Noun)

    A sword.

  4. Origin: From gleve, from gladius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glaive(noun)

    a weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve; also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head

  2. Glaive(noun)

    a sword; -- used poetically and loosely

  3. Origin: [F. glaive, L. gladius; prob. akin to E. claymore. Cf. Gladiator.]


  1. Glaive

    A glaive is a European polearm weapon, consisting of a single-edged blade on the end of a pole. It is similar to the Japanese naginata and the Chinese guan dao. Typically, the blade was around 45 cm long, on the end of a pole 2 m long, and the blade was affixed in a socket-shaft configuration similar to an axe head, rather than having a tang like a sword or naginata. Occasionally glaive blades were created with a small hook on the reverse side to better catch riders. Such blades are called glaive-guisarmes. According to the 1599 treatise Paradoxes of Defence by the English gentleman George Silver, the glaive is used in the same general manner as the quarterstaff, half pike, bill, halberd, voulge, or partisan. Silver rates this class of polearms above all other individual hand-to-hand combat weapons.


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