handspike definition

  • noun:
    • A bar used as a lever.
    • A bar or lever, generally of lumber, found in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified types, for various reasons.
    • A bar or lever, generally of timber, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in changed forms, for various functions.
    • A bar, generally of timber, used in combination with the hand as a lever for various reasons, such as increasing loads, going weapons, heaving about a windlass, etc.
    • a metal club (or length of pipeline) used as a lever
  • others:
    • to go in the shape of a handspike: since, to handspike a cannon into destination.
    • To strike with a handspike.

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