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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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Her husband inflicted these injuries on her with a machete on Monday evening.
He was said to be ranging and psychotic, removed the machete from its sheath and swung it as Miss Connolly, missing her by a few inches.
He was said to be raging and psychotic, removed the machete from its sheath and swung it at Miss Connolly, missing her by a few inches.
Robson was caught on CCTV "posturing", holding the machete on Parliament Road, Gresham, Middlesbrough at about 11.
He then began using the machete on the victim in a violent onslaught in Chopwell, Gateshead.
She later waved the machete at camera crews, roaring: "The Kardashians will be executed if they step on Communist territory.
On Facebook group Brighouse Banter, people claimed there had been a machete and nail gun involved and a "mass street brawl" which resulted in cars being smashed up.
Detective Constable Laura Halpin, from West Midlands Police Force CID in Stechford, said: "We've linked at least five robberies at Greggs shops where an offender has struck at opening time and threatened staff with a machete wrapped in a plastic bag before making off with cash.
The first trash can was thrown at the car which prompted the man in white to get out his machete.
AN off-road motorcyclist who was caught in a Coventry park with two machetes has been jailed.
He said that about three or four people who were outside were chasing him with a machete.
The teenagers are also alleged to have threatened a 23-year-old man with the machete before robbing him of his rucksack.