- a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
- a soldier armed with such a sword.
- a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point.
- the art or sport of fencing with the saber, with the target being limited to the head, trunk, and arms, and hits being made with the front edge and the upper part of the back edge of the sword and by thrusts.
- to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Origin of saber
Examples from the Web for saber
It also may explain why there was no saber rattling on Syria on Sunday.Biden Serves Up 2016 Speculation With a Side of Steak
September 16, 2013
Saber can appeal the ruling issued by a Cairo court after paying bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($160).'Progress' in Egypt? Nope, Not Really
December 13, 2012
If nothing else, Silvio Berlusconi knows how to rattle a saber.Silvio Berlusconi: The Joker Is Back
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2012
Saber has been increasingly vocal in his opposition to both since they came to power.
Saber, however, is an outspoken atheist, according to his lawyer and friends.
I am wounded with a saber, in the head; and am sheltered in a loft.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
With one hand hipping his saber and the other curling his mustaches, he smiled at her.The Lure of the Mask
He retreated toward the automobile, the saber raised to protect Peggy.The Great Potlatch Riots
Allen Kim Lang
He smartly swung his saber to his shoulder, ordering, "Come on!"The Trail of the Hawk
Holding of saber in publishing orders, etc.; use of saber knot.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
- the US spelling of sabre
Word Origin and History for saber
type of single-edged sword, 1670s, from French sabre "heavy, curved sword" (17c.), alteration of sable (1630s), from German Sabel, Säbel, probably ultimately from Hungarian szablya "saber," literally "tool to cut with," from szabni "to cut."
The Balto-Slavic words (cf. Russian sablya, Polish szabla "sword, saber," Lithuanian shoble) perhaps also are from German. Italian sciabla seems to be directly from Hungarian. Saber-rattling "militarism" is attested from 1922. Saber-toothed cat (originally tiger) is attested from 1849.