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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɨt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɛt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)ˈnɛt/
- (General American) enPR: bā'ə-nĕtʹ, bāʹə-nĭt, bāʹə-nĕt', IPA(key): /ˌbeɪəˈnɛt/, /ˈbeɪənɪ̈t/, /ˈbeɪəˌnɛt/
- Rhymes: -ɛt, -eɪənɪt, -eɪənət
bayonet (plural bayonets)
- (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.
- (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.
- (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
- (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
- to bayonet us into submission
The spelling bayoneting and bayoneted are preferred in the US, while bayonetting and bayonetted are preferred in the UK.