What does dagger mean?

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ˈdæg ərdag·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dagger, stickernoun

    a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing

  2. dagger, obelisknoun

    a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daggernoun

    a short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard, Stiletto, Bowie knife, Dirk, Misericorde, Anlace

  2. Daggernoun

    a mark of reference in the form of a dagger [/]. It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; -- called also obelisk

  3. Daggerverb

    to pierce with a dagger; to stab

  4. Daggernoun

    a timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame

  5. Etymology: [Perh. from diagonal.]

Freebase

  1. Dagger

    A dagger is a fighting weapon with a very sharp point designed or capable of being used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon. The design dates to human prehistory, and daggers have been used throughout human experience to the modern day in close combat confrontations. Many ancient cultures used adorned daggers in ritual and ceremonial purposes, a trend which continues to the present time in the form of art knives. The distinctive shape and historic usage of the dagger have made it iconic and symbolic. Over the years, the term has been used to describe a wide variety of thrusting knives, including knives that feature only a single cutting edge, such as the European rondel dagger or the Persian pesh-kabz, or, in some instances, no cutting edge at all, such as the stiletto of the Renaissance. However, over the last hundred years or so, authorities have recognized that the dagger, in its contemporary or mature form, has certain definable characteristics, including a short blade with a sharply-tapered point, a central spine or fuller, and two cutting edges sharpened the full length of the blade, or nearly so. Most daggers also feature a full crossguard to keep the hand from riding forwards onto the sharpened blade edges. Another distinctive feature of the modern dagger is that it is designed to position the blade horizontally when using a conventional palm grip, enabling the user to slash right or left as well as thrust the blade between an opponent's ribs. The twin full-length edges enable the user to make broad slashes using either a forehand or backhand arm movement, while the sharp, acutely-pointed tip makes the knife an effective thrusting or stabbing weapon. This versatility distinguishes the modern dagger from more specialized thrusting knives, such as the stiletto.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dagger

    dag′ėr, n. a short sword for stabbing at close quarters: (print.) a mark of reference, the double dagger being another.—At daggers drawn, in a state of hostility; Look daggers, to look in a hostile manner. [M. E. dagger—W. dagr (Ir. daigear); cf. Fr. dague.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dagger

    A weapon resembling a sword, but considerably smaller, being used for stabbing at close quarters. Daggers are generally two-edged, and very sharp towards the point.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dagger in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dagger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

  1. David Horowitz:

    Sanctuary campuses are not only part of a radical attack on America’s social, political, and educational establishment but a dagger aimed at the rule of law and the nation’s safety.

  2. Tyron Edwards:

    The slanderer and the assassin differ only in the weapon they use; with the one it is the dagger, with the other the tongue. The former is worse that the latter, for the last only kills the body, while the other murders the reputation.

  3. Jim Serpa:

    When I saw the big bulbous head, the tiny dorsal fin way back on its back and the dagger teeth, I knew exactly what it was. It also had an odd blowhole thats farther up than any other whale and slightly off-center.

  4. Stephen Curry:

    At home in the fourth quarter, I felt like we could go for that dagger punch and didn't really put any pressure on the defense, that's something that is tough to kind of swallow with the opportunity we had in front of us.

  5. Ellen Molekane:

    The maintenance of national security in general and the conduct of intelligence work, in particular, is not the Cold War era, cloak-and-dagger myth which is continuously advanced by the popular media.

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