bayonet (n.) 1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing weapon fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from Fr. baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or perhaps it is a diminutive of O.Fr. bayon "crossbow bolt." The city name is from L.L. baia "bay" + Basque on "good." As a verb from c.1700.

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  • Bayonet — Bay o*net, n. [F. bayonnette, ba[ i]onnette; so called, it is said, because the first bayonets were made at Bayonne.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Mil.) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bayonet — Bay o*net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bayoneted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bayoneting}.] 1. To stab with a bayonet. [1913 Webster] 2. To compel or drive by the bayonet. [1913 Webster] To bayonet us into submission. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bayonet — [bā΄ə net′; ] also [ bā′ə nət] n. [Fr bayonnette, after Bayonne, France (see BAYONNE), where first made] 1. a detachable, daggerlike blade put on the muzzle end of a rifle, for hand to hand fighting 2. a part like a bayonet in shape, manner of… …   English World dictionary

  • bayonet — ► NOUN 1) a long blade fixed to the muzzle of a rifle for hand to hand fighting. 2) (before another noun ) denoting a type of fitting for a light bulb which is pushed into a socket and then twisted into place. ► VERB (bayoneted, bayoneting) ▪… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bayonet — For other uses, see Bayonet (disambiguation). American soldiers bayonet training in Texas during the Border War. A bayonet (from French baïonnette) is a knife, dagger, sword, or spike shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the… …   Wikipedia

  • bayonet — /bay euh nit, net , bay euh net /, n., v., bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting. n. 1. a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and used for stabbing or slashing in hand to hand combat. 2. a pin… …   Universalium

  • bayonet — 1. noun /ˈbeɪ.ɒn.ɛt,beɪ.əʊ.nɛt/ a) (Weapon) 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 …   Wiktionary

  • bayonet — I UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms bayonet : singular bayonet plural bayonets a long sharp blade that is fixed onto the end of a rifle (= a long gun) II UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms bayonet : present tense… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — [[t]be͟ɪənət[/t]] bayonets, bayoneting, bayoneted 1) N COUNT A bayonet is a long, sharp blade that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon. 2) VERB To bayonet someone means to push a bayonet into them. [V n] The soldiers were… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — I. noun Etymology: French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France Date: 1689 a steel blade attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm (as a rifle) and used in hand to hand combat II. verb ( neted; also netted; neting; also netting) Date: 1781 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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