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Axe vs. Hatchet

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Axenoun

A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.

Hatchetnoun

A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.

Axenoun

An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.

Hatchetverb

(transitive) To cut with a hatchet.

Axenoun

(informal) A dismissal or rejection.

‘His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe.’;

Hatchetnoun

A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.

Axenoun

A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.

Hatchetnoun

Specifically, a tomahawk.

‘Buried was the bloody hatchet.’;

Axenoun

(finance) A position, interest, or reason in buying and selling stock, often with ulterior motives.

‘A financial dealer has an axe in a stock that his buyers don't know about, giving him an advantage in making the most profit.’;

Hatchetnoun

weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American indians

Axenoun

(archaic) The axle of a wheel.

Hatchetnoun

short ax used to chop wood

Axeverb

(transitive) To fell or chop with an axe.

Hatchet

A hatchet (from the Old French hachete, a diminutive form of hache, 'axe' of Germanic origin) is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade on one side used to cut and split wood, and a hammerhead on the other side. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a hewing hatchet.Although hand axe and hatchet are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing.

Axeverb

(transitive) To lay off, terminate or drastically reduce, especially in a rough or ruthless manner.

‘The government announced its plans to axe public spending.’; ‘The broadcaster axed the series because far fewer people than expected watched it.’; ‘He got axed in the last round of firings.’;

Axeverb

To furnish with an axle.

Axeverb

alternative form of ask

Axe

See Ax, Axman.

Axenoun

an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle

Axeverb

chop or split with an ax;

‘axe wood’;

Axeverb

terminate;

‘The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it’;

Axenoun

a tool used for chopping wood, typically of iron with a steel edge and wooden handle

‘I started swinging the axe at the lumps of driftwood’; ‘an axe blade’;

Axenoun

a measure intended to reduce costs drastically, especially one involving redundancies

‘thirty staff are facing the axe at the Royal Infirmary’;

Axenoun

a musical instrument used in popular music or jazz, especially a guitar or (originally) a saxophone.

Axeverb

end, cancel, or dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly

‘2,500 staff were axed as part of a rationalization programme’; ‘the company is axing 125 jobs’;

Axeverb

reduce (costs or services) drastically

‘the Chancellor warned the cabinet to axe public spending’;

Axeverb

cut or strike with an axe, especially violently or destructively

‘the mahogany panelling had been axed’;

Axe

An axe (sometimes ax in American English; see spelling differences) is an implement that has been used for millennia to shape, split and cut wood, to harvest timber, as a weapon, and as a ceremonial or heraldic symbol. The axe has many forms and specialised uses but generally consists of an axe head with a handle, or helve.

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