Middle English Dictionary Entry

haft n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The handle of a weapon, tool, surgical instrument, etc.; hilt of a sword, knife, dagger, etc.; helve of an ax; the upper part of the breastbone (manubrium sterni); also, staff of a flag [quot.: 1416-9]; (b) haven other haft(es in hand, to have other business to attend to; los in the ~, unstable, unreliable; ~ gret, large as a handle, of a size conveniently grasped with the hand [cp.Palladius 4.429]; ballok ~, q.v.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. haft.