Handspike definition

hăndspīk
A bar used as a lever.
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A heavy bar used as a lever, as in turning a capstan.
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A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
handspike
Plural:
handspikes

Origin of handspike

  • Alteration of Dutch handspaak hand hand (from Middle Dutch hant) spaak spoke (from Middle Dutch spāke stick)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition