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[mə′shed·ē or mə′ched·ē]
(design engineering)
A knife with a broad blade 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) long.



a long knife (more than 50 cm) used in most Latin American countries for cutting sugarcane (hence machetero, “cane chipper”) and for hacking paths in dense thickets. Machetes were used by Cuban insurgents as side arms in the wars of liberation from 1868 to 1878 and from 1895 to 1898 against the Spanish colonialists.

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Boyden was a witness along with another bloke who was found macheted to death this morning," one of her detectives explained.
The victims were macheted to death on Monday and six of us were freed to take a message to the world.
If someone dared to take a mouthful of chocolate cake they acted like they had gone out and macheted an entire family.
Their coach was macheted from every angle - for scraping into the World Cup, for leaving out Romario, for betraying their dazzling heritage, and for sticking two fingers up to every critic in the land who denounced his tactics: "If we have to play ugly football to win, we will play ugly football to win," said Big Phil Scolari.