bayonet

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Etymology[edit]

From French baïonnette, named after the French town of Bayonne.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbeɪ.ɒn.ɛt/, /beɪ.əʊ.nɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Noun[edit]

bayonet (plural bayonets)

  1. (military) 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.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xvi:
      Fig. 3. Its bayonet, to be fixed by sticking the handle into the muzzle of the musquet.
  2. (engineering) 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.

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bayonet (third-person singular simple present bayonets, present participle bayoneting or bayonetting, simple past and past participle bayoneted or bayonetted)

  1. (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
  2. (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
    To bayonet us into submission. Burke.

Usage notes[edit]

The spelling bayoneting and bayoneted are preferred in the US while bayonetting and bayonetted are preferred in the UK.

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bajonet

Noun[edit]

bayonet

  1. bayonet