Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 1500s and 1600s.
  • noun A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A long, narrow, pointed, two-edged sword, used, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a guard for the hand, adapted for both cutting and thrusting, but used chiefly for thrusting.
  • noun In later English usage, a fencing-sword used only for thrusting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A straight sword, with a narrow and finely pointed blade, used only for thrusting.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Obs.] the swordfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).
  • adjective Extremely sharp.
  • adjective Cutting smarts or keen wit.

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

  • noun a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges

Etymologies

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

[French rapière, from Old French (espee) rapiere, rapier (sword).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French (espee) rapiere.

Examples

  • Also, it prevented rape without any consequences on the rapists, which I should have stated more clearly, but it has nothing to do with this raper which you mentioned, which I can only assume is a misspelling of the term rapier, which is a type of sword.

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  • Also rapier is right that a “Real World Olympics Village” would be a huge hit.

    Matthew Yglesias » For the Gold

  • Probably the most memorable bit from "Naked Time", after Sulu running around with a rapier, is crewman Riley singing "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" one! more! time!

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  • Probably the most memorable bit from "Naked Time", after Sulu running around with a rapier, is crewman Riley singing "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" one! more! time!

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  • In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.

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  • In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.

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  • In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.

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  • In fact, the back edge of this rapier is sharp enough to draw blood.

    Little Sister

  • Whereupon I screamed, and the Prince, who was writing in the large vellum book in the oriel window, came out in his velvet skull-cap and furred slippers, snatched a rapier from the wall – the King of Spain's gift, you know – on which I escaped, flinging on this cloak to hide the ravages to my skirt – to hide ...

    Monday or Tuesday

  • January 5th, 2010 at 4: 47 pm rapier is obsessed with a single concept, and therefore just can’t help but view every other topic through that lens.

    Matthew Yglesias » Regulating Leverage is More Important than Regulating Bubbles

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