- IPA: /hɪlt/
hilt (plural hilts)
- The handle of a sword, consisting of grip, guard, and pommel, designed to facilitate use of the blade and afford protection to the hand.
- Synonyms: haft
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- A partial tang does not extend all the way through the hilt and is normally not more than half the width of the blade. The length of the tang and the width, particularly where it narrows before entering the pommel, vary from sword to sword.
- The base of the penis.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
- he draws it again, and just wetting it with spittle, re-enters, and with ease sheath'd it now up to the hilt
- French: poignée
- German: Griff
- Italian: impugnatura, elsa, coccia, guardamano
- Portuguese: empunhadura, cabo
- Russian: рукоя́тка
- Spanish: empuñadura, mango
hilt (hilts, present participle hilting; past and past participle hilted)
- (transitive) To provide with a hilt.
- (transitive) To insert (a bodily extremity) as far as it can go into a sexual orifice so that it is impeded by the wider base to which it is attached (finger until palm, penis until pelvis).