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[sab-oh; French sa-boh] /ˈsæb oʊ; French saˈboʊ/
noun, plural sabots
[sab-ohz; French sa-boh] /ˈsæb oʊz; French saˈboʊ/ (Show IPA)
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.
  1. a wooden or metal disk formerly attached to a projectile in a muzzleloading cannon.
  2. 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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[sa-bohd, sab-ohd] /sæˈboʊd, ˈsæb oʊd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sabot
  • The sabot is necessary to transfer propellant energy but is a parasitic weight in terms of projectile target performance.
  • The shell is a sabot round, meaning that the penetrator is contained within a carrier as it is fired from the barrel.
  • The projectile never directly touches the barrel, and the sabot typically falls away after firing.
British Dictionary definitions for sabot


/ˈsæbəʊ; French sabo/
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
(Austral) a small sailing boat with a shortened bow
Word Origin
C17: from French, probably from Old French savate an old shoe, also influenced by botboot1; related to Italian ciabatta old shoe, Old Provençal sabata
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