from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large heavy knife with a broad blade, used as a weapon and an implement for cutting vegetation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion. A machete's blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters (cm) long, and up to three millimeters (mm) thick.
- v. To cut or chop with a machete.
- v. To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, -- used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy knife or cutlass used among Spanish colonists and in Spanish-American countries, both as a tool and as a weapon.
- n. A fish of the family Congrogadidœ, the Congrogadus (or Machœrium) subducens.
- n. Formerly also matchet, matchette.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
Old Tomás warned him, "I may be old, but my machete is young!"
And now 6 years later, his machete is still as sharp.
To them, carving out an eight month old foetus with a machete is much more than an aggravated assault upon the mother, it is an assault upon a second human being.
They do carry machetes when they go out walking at night or in the campo, but (other than for work) the machete is mainly as protection against dogs or to whack a snake if they happen across one.
And yet the machete is the most important tool for farmers in the developing world.
(Sometimes called a machete, panga, bolo in various countries.)
He says that nearly every soldier carries a machete, which is a weapon in use among Spanish
The machete is the sword of the Cuban soldier, and it will be famous forever.
'' As one of the people from the fundraising event was closing the door to the club, one person from the other group ran at him and cut him on the ear with what was described as a machete, '' he said.
"You don't want your roommate to have a machete, which is good," he said about rules for weapons in residence halls.