- a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot.
- an ax, usually with a hammer opposite the cutting edge, used in stunning and slaughtering animals.
- an ax with both a blade and a hook, formerly used in naval warfare to assist sailors in boarding vessels.
- to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax.
Origin of poleax
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Examples from the Web for poleax
He considered a grate-bar from a heating furnace, and then he found the poleax, lying among a pile of wormeaten boards.Police Operation
H. Beam Piper
Word Origin and History for poleax
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