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bayonet

[bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net]
noun
1.
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.
2.
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), bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting.
3.
to kill or wound with a bayonet.

Origin:
1605–15; < French baïonnette, after Bayonne in France (where the weapon was first made or used); see -ette

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bayonet (ˈbeɪənɪt)
 
n
1.  a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
2.  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
 
vb , -nets, -neting, -neted, -nets, -netting, -netted
3.  (tr) to stab or kill with a bayonet
 
[C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated]

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bayonet
1610s, from Fr. baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where they first were made; or perhaps it is a dim. of O.Fr. bayon "crossbow bolt." The city name is from L.L. baia "bay" + Basque on "good."
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