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  • n. Plural form of spontoon.


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  • Officers had traded swords and spontoons for hatchets and knives.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Thus Mr. Fiennes grew up in rarefied circumstances, surrounded by the artifacts (and vocabulary) of a vanished world: ­halberds and stanchions, vaults and corbels, groined passages, burgonets, rapiers and spontoons.

    Within The Castle Walls

  • The spontoons from minden - have you had any problems with breakage?

    My Jacobite Army

  • Both sets of flags were surrounded by bayonets and defended by Sergeants carrying spontoons, the long, heavy, lance-headed pikes designed to kill any horse or man daring to thrust in to capture the fringed silk trophies.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • The colour party stood beside him, two teenage Ensigns holding the precious flags that were guarded by a squad of chosen men commanded by hard-bitten Sergeants armed with spontoons.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • Sergeants drove spontoons hard into the mass of Frenchmen, skewering them with the pikehead, twisting it free and driving it forward again.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • Heeding the warning, Drake hastened away to the Isle of Pinos, off the isthmus, left the ships at a concealed cove here, armed fifty-three of his boldest fellows with muskets, crossbows, pikes, and spontoons.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

  • At the time commanding officers still carried spontoons, and other old-time weapons, and Wayne, who himself led the right column, directed its movements spear in hand.

    Hero Tales from American History

  • The private soldiers of King Louis XVI., who stood in long white lines on parade at Newport, while their many colored flags floated above and the officers brandished their spontoons in front, or who rushed in night attack on the advanced redoubt at Yorktown, were not, like modern European soldiers, brought together by conscription.

    The Eve of the French Revolution

  • Subalterns with spontoons and sergeants with halberds dressed the long line of glistening bayonets.

    The Golden Dog


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