• (RP) IPA: /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɨt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)nɛt/, /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)ˈnɛt/
  • (GA) enPR bā'ə-nĕtʹ, IPA: /ˌbeɪəˈnɛt/, /ˈbeɪənɪ̈t/, /ˈbeɪəˌnɛt/

bayonet (plural bayonets)

  1. (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.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xvi:
      Fig. 3. Its bayonet, to be fixed by sticking the handle into the muzzle of the musquet.
  2. (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.
Translations Verb

bayonet (bayonets, present participle bayoneting; past bayoneted, past participle bayoneted)

  1. (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
  2. (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
    • to bayonet us into submission

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