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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n haft the handle of a weapon or tool
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Haft A dwelling.
    • Haft A handle; that part of an instrument or vessel taken into the hand, and by which it is held and used; -- said chiefly of a knife, sword, or dagger; the hilt. "This brandish'd dagger
      I'll bury to the haft in her fair breast."
    • v. t Haft To set in, or furnish with, a haft; as, to haft a dagger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haft A handle; specifically, the handle of a cutting or thrusting instrument, as a knife, sword, or dagger; a hilt.
    • haft To set in a haft; furnish with a handle.
    • haft To drive up to the haft or hilt, as a knife or dirk.
    • haft To fix or settle firmly; plant.
    • n haft A place of abode; dwelling; lodging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haft haft a handle
    • v.t Haft to set in a haft: to establish firmly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hæft,; akin to D. & G. heft, Icel. hepti, and to E. heave, or have,. Cf. Heft


In literature:

Lo, here is the knife that was struck in my side up to the haft.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
Y' don't haft un'stand!
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The manner of hafting them is quite clear, as a few hafted examples have been found.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
Axes had been worn almost to the haft.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
The sheaths, like the hafts of their krises, are of gold richly engraved.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
This is probably the result of hafting.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
Astronomische G es disc haft.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Jimmy drew in with the haft of the boat-hook, until he could stretch down and seize upon the collar of the man's coat.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
Brian leaped swiftly aside and, thinking to end the fight at a blow, brought down his sword against the descending ax-haft.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
From haft to blade-point that spear was alive.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
The scales of the haft were of the ribs of two beasts.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The Bushman's arrow is about two feet long, the haft is made of reed, the end of the arrow is made either of hard wood or bone.
"Adventures of Hans Sterk" by A.W. Drayson
The sound of voices coming along the river bank, and with it the unmistakable rattle of assegai-hafts.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
A sound of deep-toned voices and the rattle of assegai hafts caused both to turn.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
He saw the shadow of a spear and swerved, and caught the haft in his two hands.
"Black Amazon of Mars" by Leigh Brackett
He fingered the haft of a broad-bladed knife in his belt.
"The Time Mirror" by Clark South
Snatches of war-songs rise upon the air, and the rattle of assegai hafts blends with the barbaric melody.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
All at once the Zulu's axe broke off short in the haft, and the ruffian slaver rushed at him with a victorious shout.
"Zero the Slaver" by Lawrence Fletcher
It was the quivering rattle of assegai hafts.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
His shield was thrust, forward, and his right hand gripped the haft of a broad-bladed stabbing spear.
"The Induna's Wife" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

With his lance’s haft the body he push’d,
The head came toppling down:
That the Giant was a warrior stark,
Forsooth, I am forc’d to own.
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Smell of brine his nostrils filled with might:
Nostrils quickened eyelids, eyelids hand:
Hand for sword at right
Groped, the great haft spanned.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
That upon this sun-baked blistered place
He sleeps, with his hand on the burning haft,
A Metis–slim and sallow of face,
The hardy son of a hybrid race!
"From 'Down the River'" by Susie Frances Harrison
To crimson her bosom!--I set her there
In that carven chair; then turned the blade,--
With its glittering haft one savage glare
Of gold and jewels, wildly inlaid,--
To my breast, for the poisonous point rent bare.
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

After making headlines five years ago as a key slugger in the Haft family's legal brawl, the eldest son, Robert M. Has re-emerged selling vitamins in cyberspace.
Nina Haft and Company and Facing East Dance and Music's intriguing, yet uneven, collaboration.
Haft rollers Convertech Wharton NJ USA Convertech introduces a new differential shaft design with GlideLock rollers.
The fluted point--a finely crafted, oblong flaked stone, with a groove, or flute, carved down the middle, presumably to fit the haft of a spear--is the hallmark of the Clovis culture.

In science:

For the plasma process we used the fitting function given in Haft et al. (1994) which is shown to be better than 5 % in all the region of interest for our purpose (see Fig. 8e of Haft et al. 1994).
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
For the plasma process we used the fitting function given in Haft et al. (1994) which is shown to be better than 5 % in all the region of interest for our purpose (see Fig. 8e of Haft et al. 1994).
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars