Pronunciation: (hilt), [key]
1. the handle of a sword or dagger.
2. the handle of any weapon or tool.
3. to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully: to play the role to the hilt. Also,up to the hilt.
to furnish with a hilt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.