oxford views updated May 23 2018
bay·o·net / ˈbāənit; ˌbāəˈnet/ •
n. 1. a swordlike stabbing blade that may be fixed to the muzzle of a rifle for use in hand-to-hand fighting.2. [as adj.] denoting a fitting for a light bulb, camera lens, or other appliance that is engaged by being pushed into a socket and then twisted to lock it in place.•
v. (-net·ed, -net·ing) [tr.] stab (someone) with a bayonet.
oxford views updated May 17 2018
†short dagger XVII; stabbing blade for fixing to the muzzle of a musket or rifle XVIII. — F. baïonnette
, said to be f. Bayonne
, the orig. place of manufacture. The early vars. †bag
(XVII–XVIII) are not accounted for.
gale views updated May 29 2018
a group of soldiers armed with bayonets, 1780.