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.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A small, light sort of axe, with a bazil edge on the left side, and a short handle. It is used by soldiers for cutting wood to make fascines, gabions, pickets, etc. To take up the hatchet, among the Indians, to declare war, to commence hostilities, etc. To bury the hatchet, to make peace.
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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Translations for hatchet
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- فأس صغيرةArabic
- làmh-thuaghScottish Gaelic
- panehe, pānekeneke, pātītīMāori
- handbijl, bijlDutch
- toporișcă, bardăRomanian
- томага́вк, топо́р, топо́рикRussian
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