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ˈreɪ pi ərrapi·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rapier, tuck(noun)

    a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges


  1. rapier(Noun)

    A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).

  2. rapier(Adjective)

    Extremely sharp.

  3. rapier(Adjective)

    Cutting smarts or keen wit.

    John is very quick on his feet during interviews by using his rapier responses.

  4. Origin: From (espee) rapiere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rapier(noun)

    a straight sword, with a narrow and finely pointed blade, used only for thrusting

  2. Origin: [F. rapire, perhaps for raspire, and ultimately of German origin, akin to E. rasp, v.]


  1. Rapier

    A rapier is a slender, sharply pointed sword, ideally used for thrusting attacks, used mainly in Early Modern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rapier

    rā′pi-ėr, n. a light, highly tempered, edgeless, thrusting weapon, finely pointed, and about 3 feet in length, long the favourite weapon in duelling.—n. Rā′pier-fish, a swordfish. [Fr. rapière, prob. from Sp. raspaderaraspar, rapar, to rasp.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rapier

    Is said to have had distinct meanings at different times, and in ancient fencing to have been a long cutting broadsword; but for the last century, at least, the rapier has been a light, highly-tempered, edgeless, thrusting weapon, finely pointed and about 3 feet in length. At present, it is worn only on occasions of court ceremonial, and answers no other purpose than to incommode the wearer. In war a rapier could never have been of any service.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rapier

    This species of sword being eminently adapted for rapid thrusting and withdrawing, its name, from the Latin rapere, to snatch away, is appropriate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapier in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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