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hatchet:

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[from an Algonquian dialect of Virginia], hatchet generally used by Native North Americans as a hand weapon and as a missile. The earliest tomahawks were made of stone, with one edge or two edges sharpened (sometimes the stone was globe shaped).
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hatchet

[′hach·ət]
(design engineering)
A small ax with a short handle and a hammerhead in addition to the cutting edge.

hatchet

hatchet
A combination chopping and driving tool which has a wooden handle and a steel head, with a hammer face and a blade which is notched for pulling nails.

hatchet

a short axe used for chopping wood, etc.
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The Spaniards told them, with great kindness, that if they were resolved to go they should not go like naked men, and be in no condition to defend themselves; and that though they could ill spare firearms, not having enough for themselves, yet they would let them have two muskets, a pistol, and a cutlass, and each man a hatchet, which they thought was sufficient for them.
The man above us raised his stone hatchet above his head and leaped lightly down to meet us.
While I was thus indulging my grief my host entered, and said, "There is an old man downstairs who has brought your hatchet and slippers, which he picked up on the road, and now restores to you, as he found out from one of your comrades where you lived.
With the shield slipped well up on my left arm I let fly with another arrow, which brought down a second Sagoth, and then as his fellow's hatchet sped toward me I caught it upon the shield, and fitted another shaft for him; but he did not wait to receive it.
With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet, and cried, 'Wife, strike at the bird and kill her in my hand.
Wherever the hatchet fell on the outside, he was there on the inside, snarling and growling, as furiously anxious to get out as the man in the red sweater was calmly intent on getting him out.
At the same time he dropped the hatchet and shifted the club to his right hand.
Who knows whether the hatchet or the iron bar of this miserable coaster has not succeeded in doing that which the best blades of Europe, balls, and bullets have not been able to do in forty years?
BENEATH EATHEA the heady peacepipe smoke hovering over the Ricoh, there are still a few unburied hatchets to be seen lying on the pitch.
Archaeological support for the movement of tools or raw materials to coastal Sydney from a source outside the region is provided by ground-edged hatchets, including one found at Vaucluse which was brought to the Australian Museum for identification.
In his hand was a card for the Athol 250th anniversary hatchet, one of four hatchets given away this year at the event, run by the Athol YCMA and Fire Department.
Today's axes and hatchets are marvels of edge-holding ergonomic beauty and toughness, sure to be appreciated by anyone who had a cheap one with a loose, wobbly head as a kid.