Definitions of pickaxe

  1. a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Pointed tool used in digging. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. An axe with a sharp point at one end and a broad blade at the other; a pick. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. A digging-tool pointed at the one end and broad at the other, used in excavating. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for pickaxe

  1. Plans and specifications showing its extent and magnificence have been continually before the board for the last month; and in such repute have been a smashed door- sill or an old arch, that freshmen have now abandoned conic sections for crowbars, and instead of the " Principia" have taken up the pickaxe – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. While parts of the Via Appia remain perfect after upwards of twenty centuries, the streets of London are torn to pieces year after year; and it might melt a heart of stone- if stone possessed a heart- to see the granite continually disturbed by the remorseless pickaxe – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket