from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short pike carried by infantry officers and sergeants in the 18th century.
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- n. A pointed weapon similar to a pike.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of half-pike, or halberd, formerly borne by inferior officers of the British infantry, and used in giving signals to the soldiers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of halberd or partizan formerly serving as the distinguishing arm for certain officers of the British infantry. Compare half-pike. Also called demi-pike.
French sponton, from Italian spuntone : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + puntone, kind of weapon, augmentative of punto, point (from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to pierce, prick).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)