[sab-oh; French sa-boh]
- a shoe made of a single block of wood hollowed out, worn especially by farmers and workers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, etc.
- a shoe with a thick wooden sole and sides and a top of coarse leather.
- a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.
- a soft metal ring at the base of a projectile that makes the projectile conform to the rifling grooves of a gun.
Origin of sabot
1600–10; < French, Old French çabot, blend of savate old shoe (of uncertain origin; akin to Old Provençal sabata, Italian ciabatta, Spanish zapato) and bot boot1
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Examples from the Web for sabot
Toward that end, the sabot or "shoe" (fig. 41) took the place of the wad.
The sabot was a wooden disk about the same diameter as the shot.
They wear wooden clogs, a sort of sabot, and make such a noise.General Gordon
When Sabot entered the inn at Martinville it was a signal for laughter.
"I do not say—I do not say; perhaps we might come to an understanding," faltered Sabot.
- a shoe made from a single block of wood
- a shoe with a wooden sole and a leather or cloth upper
- a lightweight sleeve in which a subcalibre round is enclosed in order to make it fit the rifling of a firearm. After firing the sabot drops away
- Australian a small sailing boat with a shortened bow
C17: from French, probably from Old French savate an old shoe, also influenced by bot boot 1; related to Italian ciabatta old shoe, Old Provençal sabata
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