Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To thrust with a pointed weapon.
  • n. A thrust with a pointed weapon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To thrust with a sword; to stab at.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The beech marten (Mustela foina). See marten.
  • n. A kind of fur, black at the top on a whitish ground, taken from the ferret or weasel of the same name.
  • n. A pass in fencing; a lunge.
  • intransitive v. To thrust with a sword or spear; to lunge.
  • transitive v. To prick; to st?ng.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust with a weapon; push, as in fencing; lot drive.
  • To thrust through with a weapon; pierce; stab.
  • n. A thrust; a push.
  • n. A name of the beech-marten, Mustela foina.
  • n. The dressed fur of the same animal.

Etymologies

Middle English foinen, from foin, a thrust, from Old French foine, pitchfork, from Latin fuscina, three-pronged fish spear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French foene, from Latin fuscina ("trident"). (Wiktionary)

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  • As in "fencing and foining".

    November 13, 2010