quarterstaff


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quar·ter·staff

 (kwôr′tər-stăf′)
n. pl. quar·ter·staves (-stāvz′)
A long wooden staff formerly used as a weapon.

quarterstaff

(ˈkwɔːtəˌstɑːf)
n, pl -staves (-ˌsteɪvz; -ˌstɑːvz)
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a stout iron-tipped wooden staff about 6ft long, formerly used in England as a weapon
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the use of such a staff in fighting, sport, or exercise
[C16: of uncertain origin]

quar•ter•staff

(ˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf)

n., pl. -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
-staffs.
1. a stout pole 6 to 8 ft. (1.8 to 2.4 m) long, tipped with iron: formerly used as a weapon.
2. exercise or fighting with such poles.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quarterstaff - a long stout staff used as a weapon
staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
Translations

quarterstaff

[ˈkwɔːtəstɑːf] N (Hist) → barra f
References in classic literature ?
Now and then they stopped to rest, and each thought that he never had seen in all his life before such a hand at quarterstaff.
The Sheriff of Nottingham - better known as sword-fighter teacher Mark Vance - will also be on hand at the family festival to show bands of merry young visitors how to handle a sword while his colleague will demonstrate how skills with a quarterstaff made Friar Tuck such a formidable adversary.
He hadn't savoured a success of any description since Quarterstaff won a chase at Kelso in April, 2003.
This one was very welcome as my last winner was Quarterstaff at Kelso in the spring of 2003.
Not only is he an accomplished actor in television, film and theatre, he is also trained in unarmed, rapier/dagger and quarterstaff combat and enjoys sky-diving, playing drums, tap dancing, tennis, snowboarding, rollerblading, Latin dancing and boxing.
Darlington-based Chris Wilson, who has held a jumping licence for 18 months, sent out his second winner when Quarterstaff, who is owned by his wife Julie, took the Tote Exacta Novices' Handicap under conditional Vinnie Keane.
SwordPlay even offers classes in specialty weapons such as the quarterstaff, a stick that is held in both hands, and cloak and dagger, in which the cape is used as a shield.
Games, Games, Games -- Featuring Flash-animated games starring the Looney Tunes characters, including some based on classic animated shorts, such as the "Friar Duck Quarterstaff Challenge.
Quarterstaff was returning from a break when collared close home by Robbo at Carlisle where the pair where five lengths clear of previous course winner Red Rampage.
Dempsey sent Left Bank into the lead approaching the final fence and kept him right up to his work to hold the renewed challenge of Quarterstaff by threequarters of a length.
Each class, naturally, excels at different attributes and weapons - the Amazon is handy with the bow and quarterstaff, despite unfeasibly large bosoms, while the Dwarf is a master of stamina, skull bashing and wearing his beard like two shaving brushes.
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