- A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve.
- 1786, The Welch Glaive is a kind of bill, sometimes reckoned among the pole axes. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 52.
- A light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.
- (poetically or loosely) A sword.
- The glaive which he did wield. Spenser.
Etymology: gladius, sword
- French: glaive ; épée tranchante
(trans-top, light lance)
poetically or loosely: a sword
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