meaning of bayonet

bayonet meaning in General Dictionary

To stab with a bayonet

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  • stab or destroy some one with a bayonet
  • a blade that may be fixed towards end of a rifle and used as a weapon
  • A pointed instrument of dagger type fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, to be able to give the soldier increased means of offense and protection.
  • A pin which plays inside and outside of holes meant to obtain it, and which therefore acts to interact or disengage parts of the machinery.
  • To stab with a bayonet.
  • To compel or drive by the bayonet.

bayonet meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing tool fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from French baionnette (16c.), considered from Bayonne, town in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or maybe it's a diminutive of Old French bayon "crossbow bolt." The city name's from Late Latin baia "bay" + Basque on "good." As a verb from c.1700.


bayonet meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A pointed tool for the dagger sort fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, in order to provide the soldier increased way of offense and security.

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  • (n.) A pin which plays in-and-out of holes meant to get it, and which therefore serves to activate or disengage elements of the equipment.
  • (v. t.) To stab with a bayonet.
  • (v. t.) To compel or drive by the bayonet.

Sentence Examples with the word bayonet

The steady volleys of Kempts light infantry were fatal to the French, who fell back in disorder under a bayonet charge of the victors, with the loss of some 2700 men.

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