scythe
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈsaɪð/, (some accents) IPA: /ˈsaɪθ/
Noun

scythe (plural scythes)

  1. An instrument for mowing grass, grain, etc. by hand, composed of a long, curving blade with a sharp concave edge, fastened to a long handle called a snath. [before 10th century]
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 12:
      And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
      Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.
  2. (historical) A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.
  3. (cartomancy) The tenth Lenormand card.
Translations Verb

scythe (scythes, present participle scything; past and past participle scythed)

  1. (intransitive) To use a scythe. [from 1570s]
  2. (transitive) To cut with a scythe. [from 1570s]
  3. (transitive) To cut off as with a scythe; to mow. [from 1590s]
  4. (intransitive, figurative) To attack or injure as if cutting.
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