Axe. n.s. [ax, acꞅ, Sax. ascia, Lat.] An instrument consisting of a metal head, with a sharp edge, fixed in a helve or handle, to cut with.
No metal can,
No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness
Of thy sharp envy. Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.
There stood a forest on the mountain's brow,
Which overlook'd the shaded plains below;
No sounding axe presum'd these trees to bite,
Coeval with the world; a venerable sight. Dryden's Fables.