weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians
a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
To cut with a hatchet.
Origin: From hachette, diminutive of hache, from happa.
a small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand
specifically, a tomahawk
Origin: [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax. See 1st Hatch, Hash.]
A hatchet is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade used to cut and split wood. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a broadaxe. A hatchet is simply a small axe. Under this definition, modern hand axes and tomahawks are both forms of hatchets. Hatchets have a variety of uses, such as tasks normally done by a pocket knife when one is not present. The hatchet can also be used to create a fire through sparks and friction. Hatchet throwing is increasing in popularity. Burying the hatchet has become a phrase meaning to make peace, due to the Native American tradition of hiding or putting away a tomahawk when a peace agreement was made.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hach′et, n. a small axe used by one hand.—adjs. Hatch′et-faced, having a thin, sharp-featured face; Hatch′ety, like a hatchet.—Bury the hatchet, to put an end to war, from the habit of the North American Indians. [Fr. hachette, hacher, to chop.]
The numerical value of hatchet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of hatchet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of hatchet in a Sentence
Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
There's no point in burying the hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.
I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet.
We encourage people to really bury the hatchet, so to speak, so they can move forward to a brighter and better future, it’s better than sitting home and eating a gallon of ice cream.
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- فأس صغيرةArabic
- làmh-thuaghScottish Gaelic
- panehe, pānekeneke, pātītīMāori
- handbijl, bijlDutch
- toporișcă, bardăRomanian
- томага́вк, топо́р, топо́рикRussian
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