- An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with a sharp edge, made fast to a long handle, called a snath, which is bent into a form convenient for use."The sharp-edged scythe shears up the spiring grass." [Drayton.]"Whatever thing The scythe of Time mows down." [Milton.]
- [Antiq] A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.
Etymology: OE. sithe, AS. sīðe, sigðe; akin to Icel. sigðr a sickle, LG. segd seged seed seid, OHG. segansa sickle, scythe, G. sense scythe, and to E. saw a cutting instrument. See Saw