from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. variant spelling of cutlass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short sword or large knife, especially one used for cutting rather than thrusting; specifically, a curved basket-hilted sword of strong and simple make, used at sea, especially when boarding or repelling boarders.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
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It would also give another reason for people to use them, probably without upsetting game balace too much (it seems like something you would use to open up a fight, then charge in with cutlas swinging). mxyzplk
With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his cutlas; I quietly take t' t' ship.
I'm hoping that cutlas is still there and runs well because if it is I'm going to buy it.
In other news, On wedensday I went out to see if the cutlas was still at Northstar auto and it was.
As the challenged party, Lincoln, who had cooled in the interim, not only chose broadswords (not at all "the gentleman's arm in an affair of honor"), but, what is more, descanted on the qualities of the cutlas in such a droll manner and words that the second went off laughing.
Originally, doubtless, that petty-officer's function was the instruction of the men in the use of arms, sword or cutlas.
Bothwell, making play with his cutlas against both Blythe and Yeager, was retreating slowly to the bridge rail.
His whistling cutlas hissed down not an inch from my ear and ripped through the tarpaulin to bury the blade in the wood of the bow.
"Take Williams down and let him choose a revolver and a cutlas."
Catching up a cutlas I followed him into the open.