Definitions

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

  • n. A blade adapted to fit the muzzle end of a rifle and used as a weapon in close combat.
  • transitive v. To prod, stab, or kill with this weapon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.
  • n. A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.
  • v. To stab with a bayonet.
  • v. To compel or drive by the bayonet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offense and defense.
  • n. A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.
  • transitive v. To stab with a bayonet.
  • transitive v. To compel or drive by the bayonet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short flat dagger.
  • n. A dagger or short stabbing instrument of steel for infantry soldiers, made to be attached to the muzzle of a gun.
  • n. In machinery, a pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to connect and disconnect parts of the machinery. See bayonet-clutch.
  • To stab with a bayonet; compel or drive by the bayonet.

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

  • n. a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon
  • v. stab or kill someone with a bayonet

Etymologies

French baïonnette, after Bayonne, a town of southwest France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French baïonnette, named after the French town of Bayonne. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another remark by an officer deserves, I think, to be noted here, namely, that the bayonet is a good weapon, but its use must be taught.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • He added, clearly the issue bayonet is also a no-no - you could have someone's eye out with that.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • And with the rise of the curtain Jimmy O'Shea had stepped on to the boards; for no man who knew him could ever hear the word bayonet without recalling him, if only for a second.

    No Man's Land

  • "boys" who can hand a tree or start a raft over a fall, throttle a bear, or pole a barge down the rapids, and in whose hands a musket and bayonet is no more than a toasting-fork.

    The Civil War in America

  • I have an original IWW poster from WWI, "A bayonet is a killing tool with a worker at either end.", teriffic graphics, that really needs to show up on Antiques Roadshow some day.

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  • How a bayonet from a German trench held up a placard with those magic words of good cheer that ever move the world -- "A Merry

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  • Rarely is a charge with the bayonet made in the course of a war, though the bayonet is the most terrible of weapons.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • However, I led the way, holding my candle high, and keeping the sword bayonet very handy.

    Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

  • I had the sword bayonet I have told you about; and when the landlord got back, we sat talking in my study until nearly midnight.

    Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

  • In the same instant, I saw that a fluctuating glimmer of violet light outlined the metal of the gun-barrels and the blade of the sword bayonet, making them seem like faint shapes of glimmering light, floating unsupported where the tabletop should have shown solid.

    Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

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