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half-pike

[haf-pahyk, hahf-]
noun
  1. spontoon.
  2. a short pike formerly used by sailors boarding enemy vessels.
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Origin of half-pike

First recorded in 1590–1600
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of half-pike

  • One, a squat figure, stooping low, wielded a sword with two hands; the other covered him with a half-pike.

    Count Hannibal

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • Claude bent over one, found what he wanted—a half-pike—and glided to the door of the stairs that led to the roof.

    The Long Night

    Stanley Weyman

  • The first (A49—plate 24) is a harness for jousting on foot, with the two-handed sword, mace, or half-pike.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • It seems originally to have been rather a short weapon, a kind of half-pike or dart.

  • He began with the end of a half-pike to mark out a rough plan on the dry sand.