from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A handle or hilt, especially the handle of a tool or weapon.
- transitive v. To fit into or equip with a hilt or handle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The handle of a tool or weapon.
- v. To fit a handle to a tool or weapon.
- n. A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A handle; that part of an instrument or vessel taken into the hand, and by which it is held and used; -- said chiefly of a knife, sword, or dagger; the hilt.
- n. A dwelling.
- transitive v. To set in, or furnish with, a haft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A handle; specifically, the handle of a cutting or thrusting instrument, as a knife, sword, or dagger; a hilt.
- To set in a haft; furnish with a handle.
- To drive up to the haft or hilt, as a knife or dirk.
- To fix or settle firmly; plant.
- n. A place of abode; dwelling; lodging.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the handle of a weapon or tool
Middle English, from Old English hæft; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hæft, Old High German heften make fast. (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse hefð. (Wiktionary)