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bayonet

1. a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat.
2. a type of fastening in which a cylindrical member is inserted into a socket against spring pressure and turned so that pins on its side engage in slots in the socket

Bayonet

 

a cold-steel thrusting weapon, affixed to the barrel of a firearm (since the 1800’s, a rifle, carbine, or automatic weapon) for hand-to-hand fighting. The bayonet appeared in the mid-1600’s in France (where it received its name). Originally it was a shortened spear that was driven into the bore of a gun barrel; by the late 1600’s bayonets were made entirely of metal with a sleeve that fitted tightly over the gun barrel, which permitted loading and firing with the bayonet in place. The bayonet was adopted by Russia in the early 1700’s. Various armies have used bayonets with three or four faces as well as blades, both detachable and nondetachable.

After World War II, Soviet troops were equipped with a bayonet-knife having a flat blade with teeth on one side, a hand grip by which the weapon could be attached to a gun, and a sheath; the bayonet-knife could also be used as a saw.

bayonet

[¦bā·ə′net]
(ordnance)
An edged steel blade with a tapered point and a formed handle with an underhand grip, designed to be attached to the muzzle end of a rifle, shotgun, or the like for use in hand-to-hand combat.
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but also our 12-inch bayonettes with the object of keeping them spick and span for the next parade.
He well understood that a Jewish state on Arab land would never be established by agreement with the indigenous people but had to be decided by force and defended behind an Iron Wall of bayonettes.
Il est vrai que j'ay gagne aux echecs une cinquantaine de pistoles a ce prince mais on peut perdre aux echecs, et gagner a un jeu ou l'on a pour seconds trente mille bayonettes.