From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Glaive \Glaive\, n. [F. glaive, L. gladius; prob. akin to E.
   claymore. Cf. Gladiator.]
   1. A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed
      on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve;
      also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.
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   2. A sword; -- used poetically and loosely.
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            The glaive which he did wield.        --Spenser.
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