from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A quick stamp of the foot used in fencing as a feint to produce an opening.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of striking the ground with the leading foot to frighten, distract, or mislead one's opponent.
- v. Obsolete spelling of appeal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tap or stamp of the foot as a warning of intent to attack; -- called also attack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fencing, a smart stroke with the blade on the sword of an antagonist on the opposite side to that which he engaged, generally accompanied with a stamp of the foot, used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
- n. A stroke on the opponent's foil or sword designed to notify him that the bout is to begin.
- n. The stamping of the foot during ceremonial salutes prior to the bout. See salute.
French, from appeler, to call, from Old French apeler, to appeal; see appeal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)