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bayonet

[ bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net ]
/ ˈbeɪ ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˌbeɪ əˈnɛt /
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noun

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.
a pin projecting from the side of an object, as the base of a flashbulb or camera lens, for securing the object in a bayonet socket.

verb (used with object), bay·o·net·ed or bay·o·net·ted, bay·o·net·ing or bay·o·net·ting.

to kill or wound with a bayonet.

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Origin of bayonet

1605–15; <French baïonnette, after Bayonne in France (where the weapon was first made or used); see -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for bayonet

bayonet
/ (ˈbeɪənɪt) /

noun

a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
a type of fastening in which a cylindrical member is inserted into a socket against spring pressure and turned so that pins on its side engage in slots in the socket

verb -nets, -neting, -neted, -nets, -netting or -netted

(tr) to stab or kill with a bayonet

Word Origin for bayonet

C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated
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