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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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THREE men who stood trial after an alleged machete attack have all been cleared of all charges by a jury.
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Two machetes believed to have been used in the attack were recovered from the scene and were found to have Mr Welch's DNA on them.
But then one of the gang with a machete leaped over and struck the boy in the head.
Roaming bands of youths fired sling shots, threw rocks, and hacked into rivals with machetes.
Two were armed with machetes and the third wielded a bamboo bat.
Shocked owners of a North East pub today told how a machete and axe-wielding gang held their terrified staff captive in an early morning raid.
Their deadly shopping list included a dozen machetes, knives and an air gun.
Yesterday, the Record told how gangsters had a machete battle in the centre of Glasgow.
Jealousy flared between the men, and machetes were drawn as threats.