Meaning of BAYONET in English


I. ˈbāənə̇t, -ˌnet, |bāəˈnet, usu -d.+V noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France, where first made + French -ette

1. : a steel blade made to be attached to or at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm and used especially for stabbing and slashing in hand-to-hand combat

2. : a pin that plays in and out of holes made to receive it and serving to engage or disengage parts (as of machinery)

bayonet joint

bayonet lamp base

II. verb

( bayoneted also bayonetted ; bayoneted also bayonetted ; bayoneting also bayonetting ; bayonets )

transitive verb

1. : to stab with a bayonet

we found their bodies bayoneted right through the blankets — Burtt Evans

2. : to compel or drive by or as if by the bayonet

troops to sabre and to bayonet us into a submission — Edmund Burke

intransitive verb

: to use a bayonet

taught soldiers to bayonet and to survive hand-to-hand combat

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