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[sing-guh l-stik] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˌstɪk/
a short, heavy stick.
  1. a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing.
  2. fencing with such a stick.
Origin of singlestick
First recorded in 1765-75; single + stick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I am fairly good at fence, and excellent as any at singlestick.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • When this was finished he very often played a bout of singlestick, or underwent some other severe muscular exertion.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • Thou art a deft hand at quarterstaff and singlestick, though, and I doubt not that thy hands can guard thy head.

    The Cornet of Horse

    G. A. Henty
  • George Fairburn had ever been an adept at all school games, and had spent many a leisure hour at singlestick.

    With Marlborough to Malplaquet

    Herbert Strang and Richard Stead
  • Then they turned on Hartigan, who was going through the movements of singlestick, on the open floor.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Ha, Sergeant, an' my memory serves me right, we have had many a bout at singlestick.'

    The Rose and the Ring William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for singlestick


a wooden stick used instead of a sword for fencing
fencing with such a stick
any short heavy stick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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