Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


[mə′shed·ē or mə′ched·ē]
(design engineering)
A knife with a broad blade 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) long.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Fashion designer Barbaros E[currency]ansal has claimed that the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) masterminded a machete attack carried out by a shopkeeper in ystanbul's Taksim neighborhood against Gezi Park protestors in early July.
Desperate to make ends meet, Machete accepts a job offer from spin doctor Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), who is campaigning to become president.
Childs went over to one of the boys and held the machete to his face.
Both men are being treated at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary where the machete victim is stable while the 19-year-old is in a serious condition.
They took her to a field outside of town known as Titayen, a notorious "killing field," and left her for dead after striking her numerous times with a machete. Despite horrific wounds, Belance made it to a hospital, then to the U.S.
To use a machete, you hold stems near the top with one hand while swinging the tool with the other.
The boy was attacked by a group armed with a machete near Millfields Stores in Coronation Road at around 3pm.
The videos shows the two boys squaring off in broad daylight, one holding a large machete and the other a hefty looking wooden pole.
Sparkbrook Police tweeted: "Following a weapons sweep of a park in Balsall Heath this machete has been recovered.
The guard was delivering cash to the Spendwell on Lodge Lane, Toxteth, when he was confronted by a man with a machete. The guard handed over a cash box, and the robber made off in a black Audi A3.