Definition of broadax in US English:


(also broadaxe)


  • An ax with a wide head and a short handle.

    • ‘These are called broadaxes, named for their unusually wide cutting edge.’
    • ‘The coopers in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg shape their staves with broadaxes, planes, and drawknives, and then gather them in a circle secured by a ring.’
    • ‘If you use a broadax, hew the log face perpendicular to the ground rather than parallel, as shown here.’
    • ‘Loggers downed trees with broadaxes during the winter, honed them by hand to the right dimension, and floated them down the Wind River in huge tie drives.’
    • ‘In 1872, the sound of cross cut saws and broadaxes echoed across Mount Hotham.’
    • ‘Carpenter's broadaxes are designed with shorter handles than lumbermen's adzes.’
    • ‘The blades of broadaxes can range from six to over twelve inches, and can weigh anywhere from two to over seven pounds.’
    • ‘Unusual about these two broadaxes was that along with Hicks's name they also bore the names of other residents of the Garden State.’
    • ‘Larger broadaxes, often beveled on both sides, were used by the ‘tie hacks’, who would drop a tree with a felling axe, then walk up and down it, hewing as they went.’
    • ‘The shaping of the timbers was accomplished mostly by the use of a variety of adzes, and broadaxes, each one especially designed for a specific purpose.’
    • ‘We carry hand-forged broadaxes from Sweden that can be either beveled on the left or right and that come with a straight or angled handle.’
    • ‘With broadaxes, adzes, and other tools of days gone by, crews continuously repair the park's buildings.’
    • ‘The Boston mob broke down the doors with broadaxes, destroyed the furniture, stole the jewels and money, scattered the papers and books, drank the wine in the cellar and dismantled the roof and walls.’
    • ‘The main tools were cross-cut saws, handsaws, broadaxes, axes, spokeknives, and pocketknives.’