- (RP) IPA: /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɨt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɛt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)ˈnɛt/
- (GA) enPR bā'ə-nĕtʹ, IPA: /ˌbeɪəˈnɛt/, /ˈbeɪənɪ̈t/, /ˈbeɪəˌnɛt/
bayonet (plural bayonets)
- (military) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which needed to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.
- (engineering) A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.
- French: baïonnette
- German: Bajonett
- Italian: baionetta
- Portuguese: baioneta
- Russian: штык
- Spanish: bayoneta
bayonet (bayonets, present participle bayoneting; past bayoneted, past participle bayoneted)
- (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
- (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
- to bayonet us into submission