Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wooden part of a tennis-racket where the frame or rim is bent together to meet the handle.
- n. In armor, in a general sense, a defense for the throat, or the front of the neck and breast.
“The rapier of the Good Knight slightly wounded the face of Don Alonzo, who carefully guarded this most vulnerable part, but his foe waited until he raised his arm for the next attack, and then aimed at his neck, and notwithstanding the tempered steel of his armour, Bayard's onslaught was so tremendous that the throat-piece”
“The arms chosen were a sharp-pointed sword or rapier and a poignard, while the armour used included a throat-piece (gorgerin) and a secrète. [”
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