ice ax


a mountaineering tool combining an adzlike blade and a pick on the head of a long wooden handle, with a spike on the end, used for cutting into ice and for support on icy surfaces.

Nearby words

  1. ice,
  2. ice age,
  3. ice ages,
  4. ice anchor,
  5. ice apron,
  6. ice axe,
  7. ice bag,
  8. ice barrier,
  9. ice beer,
  10. ice blacks

Origin of ice ax

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019