Definitions

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

  • n. A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • n. A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).
  • adj. Extremely sharp.
  • adj. Cutting smarts or keen wit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A straight sword, with a narrow and finely pointed blade, used only for thrusting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long, narrow, pointed, two-edged sword, used, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a guard for the hand, adapted for both cutting and thrusting, but used chiefly for thrusting.
  • n. In later English usage, a fencing-sword used only for thrusting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges

Etymologies

French rapière, from Old French (espee) rapiere, rapier (sword).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French (espee) rapiere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also, it prevented rape without any consequences on the rapists, which I should have stated more clearly, but it has nothing to do with this raper which you mentioned, which I can only assume is a misspelling of the term rapier, which is a type of sword.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • Also rapier is right that a “Real World Olympics Village” would be a huge hit.

    Matthew Yglesias » For the Gold

  • Probably the most memorable bit from "Naked Time", after Sulu running around with a rapier, is crewman Riley singing "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" one! more! time!

    more congratulations

  • In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.

    05.04

  • Whereupon I screamed, and the Prince, who was writing in the large vellum book in the oriel window, came out in his velvet skull-cap and furred slippers, snatched a rapier from the wall – the King of Spain's gift, you know – on which I escaped, flinging on this cloak to hide the ravages to my skirt – to hide ...

    Monday or Tuesday

  • January 5th, 2010 at 4: 47 pm rapier is obsessed with a single concept, and therefore just can’t help but view every other topic through that lens.

    Matthew Yglesias » Regulating Leverage is More Important than Regulating Bubbles

  • As vigorous as the aggressor, she also carries a rapier, which is even more formidable and more painful in its results -- at all events, when my finger is the victim!

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • That's the kind of rapier wit I thought had died out with the Algonquin Round Table.

    Obama's "The One," says Oprah.

  • The matter of the 'rapier' occurred to me again and so I arrived at a definite decision.

    Duel Under the Double Sun

  • Ed, when you have to make facts up to prove your case, you just look foolish for then congratulating your own awesomeness. rapier says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Bernanke Suddenly in Trouble

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  • “The North American XF-108 Rapier was a proposed American design for a long-range, high-speed interceptor aircraft to defend the United States and Canada from supersonic Soviet bombers.�? More on Wikipedia.

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