AskDefine | Define handspike

Dictionary Definition

handspike n : a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever

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English

Noun

  1. A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes.

Translations

a bar or lever used in a windlass

Extensive Definition

A handspike is similar to a crowbar. It's a metal bar or pipe that's used as a lever, for prying on things.
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