Bayonet Bay"o*net, n. [F. bayonnette, ba["i]onnette; -- so called, it is said, because the first bayonets were made at Bayonne.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Mil.) 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 offense and defense. [1913 Webster]

Note: Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mach.) 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. [1913 Webster]

{Bayonet clutch}. See {Clutch}.

{Bayonet joint}, a form of coupling similar to that by which a bayonet is fixed on the barrel of a musket. --Knight.

{bayonet mount}, (photography) a coupling mechanism for attaching removable lenses to the body of a camera, using a {bayonet socket}.

{bayonet socket}, a coupling mechanism for attaching matching cylindrical parts to each other, where each of which has an arced L-shaped slot with the longer side perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder, such that the slots slide inside each other. There is also usually a knoblike projection on the mount so that when the two parts to be connected are fully inserted in proper alignment, they are locked in place. It is designed for rapid coupling and decoupling, requiring the turning of one part through only a small arc, in place of a screw-type arrangement, which requires several full turns. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • Bayonet — Bay o*net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bayoneted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bayoneting}.] 1. To stab with a bayonet. [1913 Webster] 2. To compel or drive by the bayonet. [1913 Webster] To bayonet us into submission. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bayonet — [bā΄ə net′; ] also [ bā′ə nət] n. [Fr bayonnette, after Bayonne, France (see BAYONNE), where first made] 1. a detachable, daggerlike blade put on the muzzle end of a rifle, for hand to hand fighting 2. a part like a bayonet in shape, manner of… …   English World dictionary

  • bayonet — ► NOUN 1) a long blade fixed to the muzzle of a rifle for hand to hand fighting. 2) (before another noun ) denoting a type of fitting for a light bulb which is pushed into a socket and then twisted into place. ► VERB (bayoneted, bayoneting) ▪… …   English terms dictionary

  • bayonet — (n.) 1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing weapon fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from Fr. baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or perhaps it is a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bayonet — For other uses, see Bayonet (disambiguation). American soldiers bayonet training in Texas during the Border War. A bayonet (from French baïonnette) is a knife, dagger, sword, or spike shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the… …   Wikipedia

  • bayonet — /bay euh nit, net , bay euh net /, n., v., bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting. n. 1. a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and used for stabbing or slashing in hand to hand combat. 2. a pin… …   Universalium

  • bayonet — 1. noun /ˈbeɪ.ɒn.ɛt,beɪ.əʊ.nɛt/ a) (Weapon) 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 …   Wiktionary

  • bayonet — I UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms bayonet : singular bayonet plural bayonets a long sharp blade that is fixed onto the end of a rifle (= a long gun) II UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms bayonet : present tense… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — [[t]be͟ɪənət[/t]] bayonets, bayoneting, bayoneted 1) N COUNT A bayonet is a long, sharp blade that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon. 2) VERB To bayonet someone means to push a bayonet into them. [V n] The soldiers were… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — I. noun Etymology: French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France Date: 1689 a steel blade attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm (as a rifle) and used in hand to hand combat II. verb ( neted; also netted; neting; also netting) Date: 1781 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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