Associations to the word «Bayonet»


BAYONET, noun. (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.
BAYONET, noun. (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.
BAYONET, verb. (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
BAYONET, verb. (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.

Dictionary definition

BAYONET, noun. A knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon.
BAYONET, verb. Stab or kill someone with a bayonet.

Wise words

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.