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Definitions for bayonet
ˈbeɪ ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˌbeɪ əˈnɛtbay·o·net

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bayonet(verb)

    a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon

  2. bayonet(verb)

    stab or kill someone with a bayonet

Wiktionary

  1. bayonet(Noun)

    (Weapon) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.

    Etymology: Named after the French town of Bayonne.

  2. bayonet(Noun)

    (Machinery) A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.

    Etymology: Named after the French town of Bayonne.

  3. bayonet(Verb)

    To stab with a bayonet.

    Etymology: Named after the French town of Bayonne.

  4. bayonet(Verb)

    To compel or drive by the bayonet.

    To bayonet us into submission. Burke.

    Etymology: Named after the French town of Bayonne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bayonet(noun)

    a pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offense and defense

  2. Bayonet(noun)

    a pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery

  3. Bayonet(verb)

    to stab with a bayonet

  4. Bayonet(verb)

    to compel or drive by the bayonet

Freebase

  1. Bayonet

    A bayonet is a knife, sword, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle, musket or similar weapon, effectively turning the gun into a spear. In this regard, it is an ancillary close-quarter combat or last-resort weapon. However, knife-shaped bayonets—when not fixed to a gun barrel—have long been utilized by soldiers in the field as general purpose cutting implements.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bayonet

    bā′on-et, n. a stabbing instrument of steel fixed to the muzzle of a musket or rifle: military force: (pl.) soldiers armed with bayonets.—v.t. to stab with a bayonet. [Fr. baïonnette, perh. from Bayonne, in France, where it was supposed to have been first made; others derive from O. Fr. bayon, arrow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bayonet

    [Sp. bayoneta]. A pike-dagger to fit on the muzzle of a musket, so as not to interfere with its firing.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bayonet

    A triangular dagger, made with a hollow handle and a shoulder, to fix on the muzzle of a rifle, so that its presence does not impede either the charging or firing of the piece. It is said to have been invented at Bayonne, in France, about 1647, 1670, or 1690. It was used at Killiecrankie in 1689, and at Marsaglia by the French in 1693, “with great success against the enemy, unprepared for the encounter with so formidable a novelty.” Bayonets are sometimes made in other shapes. See Sword-bayonet and Trowel-bayonet.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bayonet

    Not from the town of Bayonne, but because a Basque regiment in the district of Bayonnetta in 1647, surprised by the Spaniards, stuck their knives into the muzzles of their muskets, and, charging, drove off the enemy with great slaughter.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bayonet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bayonet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bayonet in a Sentence

  1. John Whitehead:

    The people of the South have rejected the constitutional amendment, and therefore we will march upon them and force them to adopt it at the point of the bayonet, and establish military power over them until they do adopt it.

  2. Ronald Reagan:

    My belief has always been ... that wherever in this land any individual's constitutional rights are being unjustly denied, it is the obligation of the federal government-at point of bayonet if necessary-to restore that individual's constitutional rights.

  3. Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryant:

    Because these decisions are better left to the states, and not made at the point of a federal bayonet, Mississippi's public schools should not participate in the president's social experiment.

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