singlestick

singlestick

[sing-guhl-stik]
noun
1.
a short, heavy stick.
2.
a.
a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing.
b.
fencing with such a stick.

Origin:
1765–75; single + stick1

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singlestick (ˈsɪŋɡəlˌstɪk)
 
n
1.  a wooden stick used instead of a sword for fencing
2.  fencing with such a stick
3.  any short heavy stick

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singlestick

a slender, round stick of wood about 34 inches (slightly less than 1 m) long, thicker at one end than at the other, and used for attack and defense with the thicker end thrust through a cup-shaped hilt of basketwork to protect the hand. It originated as a practice sword in the 16th century and became popular in its own right for cudgel play and singlesticking in British cities and towns during the 18th century.

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