What does dagger mean?

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ˈdæg ərdag·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dagger, sticker(noun)

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

  2. dagger, obelisk(noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dagger(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. from diagonal.]

  2. Dagger(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Perh. from diagonal.]

  3. Dagger(verb)

    to pierce with a dagger; to stab

    Etymology: [Perh. from diagonal.]

  4. Dagger(noun)

    a timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame

    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 (Dagger), the double dagger (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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How to say dagger in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Nathaniel Dominy:

    You'd think that men would be incentivized to use the best dagger possible once their life is on the line, it provoked the question : did they differ in terms of their mechanical efficiency ?

  2. Sally Thompson:

    In Burma, everything was cloak and dagger, you didn't leave a paper trail, for your own protection. You didn't talk about things openly, you didn't share information because you couldn't trust anybody.

  3. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    Using sacred Islam's name, exploiting it, this terrorist group which spills Muslim blood has gone as far as attacking the town where the mosque and blessed remains of our Prophet are located, daesh is a dagger plunged into the chest of Muslims. Whoever gives support to this group, whether out of sectarian fanaticism or another motive, commits the same sin.

  4. Bettina Tremmel:

    The discovery of the dagger was emotional. We were lost for words, imagine: Though thousands of Roman soldiers were stationed in Haltern over almost 15 years or more, there are only a few finds of weapons, especially complete and intact ones.

  5. William Shakespeare, "Macbeth", Act 2 scene 1:

    Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

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