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hilt

[hilt]
noun
  1. the handle of a sword or dagger.
  2. the handle of any weapon or tool.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a hilt.
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Idioms
  1. to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully: to play the role to the hilt.Also up to the hilt.
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Origin of hilt

before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e); cognate with Middle Dutch hilt(e), Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza handle of a sword
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British Dictionary definitions for hilting

hilt

noun
  1. the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
  2. to the hilt to the full
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verb
  1. (tr) to supply with a hilt
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Word Origin

Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza
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Word Origin and History for hilting

hilt

n.

Old English hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.

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Idioms and Phrases with hilting

hilt

see to the hilt.

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