II. spear, Il.12.45, etc.; δαμασίμβροτος αἰ. Pi.O. 9.79; πρὸς τὴν αἰχμὴν ἐτράπετο took to his spear, Hdt.3.78; αἰχμῇ εἷλε with the spear, i.e. in war, Id.5.94; otherwise rare in Prose, X.Cyr. 4.6.4.
b. metaph. of the trident of Poseidon, A.Pr.925.
3. war, battle, κακῶς ἡ αἰ. ἑστήκεε the war went ill, Hdt.7.152; παρμένοντας αἰχμᾷ standing their ground in battle, Pi.P.8.40; θηρῶν with wild beasts, E.HF158.