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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poleax, poleaxenoun

    an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade

  2. poleax, poleaxeverb

    a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick

  3. poleax, poleaxeverb

    fell with or as if with a poleax


  1. poleaxenoun

    an ax having both a blade and a hammer face; used to slaughter cattle

  2. poleaxenoun

    a long-handled battle-ax, being a combination of ax, hammer and pike

  3. poleaxeverb

    to fell someone with, or as if with, a poleaxe

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Poleaxenoun

    An axe fixed to a long pole.

    Etymology: pole and axe.

    To beat religion into the brains with a poleaxe, is to offer victims of human blood. James Howell, England’s Tears.

    One hung a poleaxe at his saddle bow,
    And one a heavy mace to stun the foe. Dryden.


  1. Poleaxe

    The poleaxe (also pollaxe, pole-axe, pole axe, poleax, polax) is a European polearm that was widely used by medieval infantry.


  1. poleaxe

    A poleaxe, also known as a poleax, pollax, or pollaxe, is a type of European medieval weapon that typically combines features of a battle axe and a spear. It consists of a long wooden pole with a sharp metal blade mounted on one end, often with a blunt hammer-head or spike on the opposing side. The poleaxe was commonly used by foot soldiers and knights in the 14th to 16th centuries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poleaxenoun

    anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel

  2. Etymology: [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See Poll head, and Ax.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. poleaxe

    A sort of hatchet, resembling a battle-axe, which was used on board ship to cut away the rigging of an adversary. Also in boarding an enemy whose hull was more lofty than that of the boarders, by driving the points of several into her side, one above another, and thus forming a kind of scaling-ladder; hence were called boarding-axes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. poleaxe

    An axe fixed to a pole or handle; or rather, a sort of hatchet with a handle about 15 inches in length, and often a point or claw bending downward, or projecting from the back of its head. It was formerly used by mounted soldiers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poleaxe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poleaxe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    • A. peccadillo
    • B. elan
    • C. jab
    • D. tingle

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