Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old fencing, a cut delivered from the wrist with the extreme edge of the sword near the point. Egerton Castle, Schools and Masters of Fence.
“Thus was it that for the first time I made the acquaintance -- an acquaintance held by few men in those days -- of those marvellous guards of Marozzo's devising; Falcone showed me the difference between the mandritto and the roverso, the false edge and the true, the stramazone and the tondo; and he left me spellbound by that marvellous guard appropriately called by Marozzo the iron girdle -- a low guard on the level of the waist, which on the very parry gives an opening for the point, so that in one movement you may ward and strike.”
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