What does machete mean?

Definitions for machete
məˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt ima·chete

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. machete, matchet, panganoun

    a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation

Wiktionary

  1. machetenoun

    A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion. A machete's blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters (cm) long, and up to three millimeters (mm) thick.

    Etymology: From machete, diminutive of macho, from mattea, cognate with Old French machier, French massue, English mace.

  2. macheteverb

    To cut or chop with a machete.

    After some hours of intense work, we had macheted a path through the jungle to the bank of the river.

    Etymology: From machete, diminutive of macho, from mattea, cognate with Old French machier, French massue, English mace.

  3. macheteverb

    To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.

    You can't just machete about with a rapier and expect to succeed; you need to thrust properly.

    Etymology: From machete, diminutive of macho, from mattea, cognate with Old French machier, French massue, English mace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machetenoun

    a large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, -- used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes

Freebase

  1. Machete

    The machete is a large cleaver-like knife. The blade is typically 32.5 to 45 centimetres long and usually under 3 millimetres thick. In the Spanish language the word is the diminutive form of the word macho, which means male or strong and was used to refer to sledgehammers. In the English language, an equivalent term is matchet, though it is less commonly known. In the English-speaking Caribbean such as Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada and in Trinidad and Tobago, the term "cutlass" is used for these agricultural tools.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Machete

    ma-chā′tā, n. a heavy knife or cutlass used by the Cubans, &c. [Sp.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. machete

    (Sp.). A large, heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often 2 or 3 feet in length, used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet, to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of machete in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of machete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of machete in a Sentence

  1. Transportation Security Officer Carol Richel:

    Officer Slyve is my hero, she probably saved my life because he was within inches of whacking me. ... She saved a lot of people's lives. This man was swinging very hard with the machete.

  2. Patrice Barutwanajo:

    Whoever has a machete uses it for cultivating, not for other purposes, it is impossible to say that people have machetes for killing.

  3. Gulled Bulhan:

    I was crossing the road when I saw a man with a machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased by what I assume was an undercover police officer -- as they were in civilian clothing.

  4. Don Sawatzky:

    The number one killer of people with albinism is skin cancer, not machete attacks and muti murders (ritual killings).

  5. Abdullah Faaruuq:

    They say Aafia Saddiqui took up a machine gun while they held Aafia Saddiqui captive in the other room and was ready to attack her captors, what a brave woman she is. And if my mother was in the same place, she would have taken her West Indian machete and cut her way through those kafirs( infidels).

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