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"
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quarterstaff

[ˈkwɔːtəstɑːf] N (Hist) → barra f
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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.
Mathias Maloff has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago, with certifications in various forms of stage combat, including dagger, sword, and quarterstaff.
It describes how breath is a key component in fight sequences, how to use intention and focus, vocal aspects during a sequence, and acting-based choices during a fight scene, with examples of stage combat techniques from unarmed, single sword, single rapier, quarterstaff, knife, and broadsword disciplines, as well as exercises in each chapter.
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.
No wonder that the two races do not, and it is to be feared never will amalgamate; that the Coolie, shocked by the unfortunate awkwardness of gesture and vulgarity of manners of the average Negro, and still more of the Negress, looks on them as savages; while the Negro, in his turn, hates the Coolie as a hard-working interloper, and despises him as a heathen; or that heavy fights between the two races arise now and then, in which Coolie, in spite of his slender limbs, has generally the advantage over the burly Negro, by dint of his greater courage, and the terrible quickness with which he wields his beloved weapon, the long hardwood quarterstaff.
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.
Figg's business card, engraved by William Hogarth,(15) advertised that he taught small-sword, back-sword, and quarterstaff - making no mention of boxing.
It smacks of cudgel-play, of quarterstaff, of wrestling, of honest fisticuffs.
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.