saberlike

saber

[sey-ber]
noun
1.
a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
2.
a soldier armed with such a sword.
3.
Fencing.
a.
a sword having two cutting edges and a blunt point.
b.
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to strike, wound, or kill with a saber.
Also, especially British, sabre.


Origin:
1670–80; < French sabre, sable < German Sabel (now Säbel), earlier sewel, schebel < Polish szabla; compare Czech šavle, Serbo-Croatian sȁblja, Russian sáblya sword, saber, perhaps all ultimately < Hungarian szablya, though derivation and transmission uncertain

saberlike, adjective
unsabered, adjective
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saber (ˈseɪbə)
 
n, —vb
the US spelling of sabre

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saber
"single-edged sword," 1680, from Fr. sabre "heavy, curved sword" (17c.), alteration of sable (1640), from Ger. Sabel, probably ult. from Hung. szablya "saber," lit. "tool to cut with," from szabni "to cut." The Slavic words (cf. Rus. sablya, Polish szabla "sword, saber") are perhaps also from Ger. It.
sciabla seems to be directly from Hungarian. Saber-rattling "militarism" is attested from 1922. Saber-toothed cat (originally tiger) is attested from 1849.
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