Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of saber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light sword, sharp along the front edge, part of the back edge, and at the point.
  • n. A modern fencing sword modeled after the sabre.
  • v. To hit or kill with a sabre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See saber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See saber.

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

  • v. cut or injure with a saber
  • n. a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
  • n. a fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle
  • v. kill with a saber

Etymologies

From French sabre, from German Säbel, from Hungarian szablya, cognate with Danish sabel, Russian сабля, Serbo-Croatian сабља. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He refrains from sabre-rattling with regard to Iran -- although I have no doubt the sabre is at the ready and will be unsheathed frequently on the campaign trail.

    McCain’s Speech - Swampland - TIME.com

  • Responding to the latest pronouncements from Sinn Féin North Down DUP MLA Peter Weir reiterated that his party would not be bullied by what he termed sabre-rattling.

    Politics.ie

  • Becca was too young for the rec center class, but because her interest was piqued the family found a club where she could begin sabre instruction.

    Ward ready to slash her path to the Olympic podium

  • Well, the 1897 pattern sabre is a beaut - but more when I've tried it out properly, and had time to check its history.

    New sword

  • So Windu's pretentiously-coloured sabre is finally being put to good use ...

    Scar Friends Luncheon Circle

  • This shouldn't be an exercise in sabre rattling but a "facts of life" view of how a business makes money in a tough global competitive marketplace, how a business pays taxes, how a business contributes to economic well-being, how business makes a social-infrastructure possible and sustainable.

    Business & The NDP: Rhetoric Versus Reality

  • It's faster, it's shorter, Ward says of the sabre, which is associated with the swashbuckling aspects of fencing.

    Ward ready to slash her path to the Olympic podium

  • In tai chi class we're doing the broadsword sabre form now, don't know if I mentioned that.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Fighting with a sabre is a very different kettle of the piscine variety compared to the rapier.

    Cold Steel and Hot Blood

  • The sabre was their weapon and they fought the swordsmen with their own skills.

    Sharpe's Gold

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