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haft Line breaks: haft
Pronunciation: /hɑːft/

Definition of haft in English:

noun

The handle of a knife, axe, or spear.
Example sentences
  • Tips remained in their natural form and were made into handles or hafts.
  • Slowly, Joshua placed both his hands on the haft of the spear, just above the point, and pushed upward.
  • The multiple notches may also represent hafting adjustments, for example, as the result of tool breakage or attempts to balance hafts.
Synonyms

verb

[with object] (often as adjective hafted) Back to top  
Provide (a blade, axe head, or spearhead) with a haft: the motifs included animals and hafted axes
More example sentences
  • The boys have found some information on the internet that has led them to believe it is a hafted core axe, between 5,000 and 6,000 years old, but they would like it confirmed by an expert.
  • The traditional value of the blades was clearly recognized by their Aboriginal ‘collectors’, who sought to exploit it by hafting a resin handle in the traditional way.
  • He hafted a series of replicated contracting-stemmed bifaces to notched wooden handles using adhesives of varying tensile strength; one was lashed only with deer sinew.

Origin

Old English hæft, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch heft, hecht and German Heft, also to heave.

Words that rhyme with haft

abaft, aft, craft, daft, draft, draught, engraft, graft, kraft, raft, understaffed, unstaffed, waft

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