ice ax


Definition of ice ax

: a combination pick and adze with a spiked handle that is used in mountain climbing

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Examples of ice ax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet that tiny snap would lead to the world’s first carbon-fiber ice ax, the Black Prophet. Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2014 In an area called the School Room, Chapko demonstrated how to kick our crampons into the ice, then swiftly swing one ice ax at a time overhead. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2022 Leclerc pushed the cutting edge of alpinism by soloing increasingly ambitious alpine lines with only an ice ax and a pack, both captivating and terrifying the climbing world. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2021 There’s loud knocking at the door, Kristen grabs her ice ax and heads into the backyard … and finds a bloody Orson LeRoux hanging around. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 25 July 2021 And then Mira and Anya show up to find Kristen screaming on the ground with the ice ax next to her. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 25 July 2021 Unable to hide it any longer and truly broken down, Kristen confessed to her crime with the murder weapon, the ice ax, in her hand. Chancellor Agard,, 25 July 2021 The season-one finale heavily implies that Kristen had enough, went to Orson’s home with an ice ax, and bludgeoned the guy to death. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 20 June 2021 At one point Milligan duct-taped his ice ax to a ski pole as a precaution. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ice ax

circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice ax was circa 1800

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“Ice ax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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