rapier


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ra·pi·er

 (rā′pē-ər, rāp′yər)
n.
1. A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 1500s and 1600s.
2. A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.

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

rapier

(ˈreɪpɪə)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a smaller single-edged 18th-century sword, used principally in France
[C16: from Old French espee rapiere, literally: rasping sword; see rasp1]
ˈrapier-ˌlike adj

ra•pi•er

(ˈreɪ pi ər)

n.
1. a small sword, esp. of the 18th century, having a narrow blade.
2. a longer, heavier sword, esp. of the 16th and 17th centuries, having a double-edged blade.
[1545–55; < Middle French (espee) rapiere literally, rasping (sword); see rape3]
ra′pi•ered, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rapier - a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edgesrapier - a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
Translations
سَيْف طَويل مُدَبَّب الرأس
rapír
kårde
säilä
hosszú tõr
skylmingasverî, lagsverî
rapyra
rapier
dar ve uzun kılıç

rapier

[ˈreɪpɪəʳ] Nestoque m

rapier

nRapier nt; rapier thrust (lit)Stoß mmit dem Rapier; (fig) (= remark)Hieb m; (= retort)Parade f; rapier witSchlagfertigkeit f

rapier

[ˈreɪpɪəʳ] nspadino

rapier

(ˈreipiə) noun
a type of long thin sword.
References in classic literature ?
I say this lest thou shouldst imagine that because we have been drubbed in this affray we have therefore suffered any indignity; for the arms those men carried, with which they pounded us, were nothing more than their stakes, and not one of them, so far as I remember, carried rapier, sword, or dagger.
Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant reassured me.
It was, then, into the midst of this tumult and disorder that our young man advanced with a beating heat, ranging his long rapier up his lanky leg, and keeping one hand on the edge of his cap, with that half-smile of the embarrassed a provincial who wishes to put on a good face.
Here was a naked and rusty sword, not a sword of service, but a gentleman's small French rapier, which had never left its scabbard till it lost it.
Or is my state too low For you to cross your rapier against mine, In jest, or earnest?
Brain had had half a notion that the prince might have gone to look for the lost rapier.
He went as near as his century permitted to walking the world literally like Don Juan, with rapier and guitar.
Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.
The captain was brave, and would have cared very little for a highwayman, with a rapier in his hand.
Then let us imagine that the combatant who so sensibly employed the best and simplest means to attain his end was at the same time influenced by traditions of chivalry and, desiring to conceal the facts of the case, insisted that he had gained his victory with the rapier according to all the rules of art.
You could not fence with an antagonist who met rapier thrust with blow of battle axe.
He had an encyclopaedic command of the field of knowledge, and by a word or a phrase, by delicate rapier thrusts, he punctured them.