verb (used with object), helved, helv·ing.
- helsinki conference,
Origin of helve
Examples from the Web for helve
But their throwing the helve after the hatchet, and giving up the malt-duty because they had lost the other, was droll enough.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)|John Gibson Lockhart
Up springs the hatchet from the bottom of the water, and fixes itself to its old acquaintance, the helve.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
So I used the helve of an entrenching-tool and the stalks of the willow undergrowth.At Suvla Bay|John Hargrave
Having come somewhat painfully by that helve, I really wanted to see it in use.Adventures In Contentment|David Grayson
The feel of the blow was good as the keen blade sank to the helve.Connie Morgan in the Fur Country|James B. Hendryx
Word Origin for helve
Old English helfe, hielfe "handle of an axe" or other tool or weapon, from Proto-Germanic *halb- (cf. Old Saxon helvi, Middle Dutch helf, Old High German halb "handle of an axe," Old High German helmo "tiller"); related to halter and helm (1), from PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp." In Middle English, to holden the axe bi the helve (c.1200) meant "to take something by the right end."