a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and used for stabbing or slashing in hand-to-hand combat.
a pin projecting from the side of an object, as the base of a flashbulb or camera lens, for securing the object in a bayonet socket.
to kill or wound with a bayonet.
Contemporary Examples

Six months pregnant, she returned to Detroit and was bayoneted in the back as she tried to enter her house.
The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial Ivan Solotaroff June 27, 2014

His coal miner father had been the one whose luck ran out when he was bayoneted to death by a Japanese soldier.
The Famous Artist Lost on MH370 Michael Daly March 24, 2014

Historical Examples

Those who were unwounded fled; those who fell were bayoneted on the spot.
The Bravest of the Brave G. A. Henty

What sheep he did not kill for the use of his men, he ordered to be bayoneted.
A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion William Dobein James

Horses and riders were shot down or bayoneted; most of the officers were either killed or wounded.
The Student’s Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving Washington Irving

At that instant the officer was bayoneted by one of the 42nd.
At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty

Him, therefore, Dalroy bayoneted so effectually that a startled oath changed into a dreadful howl ere the words left his lips.
The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy

So the artillerymen were bayoneted in the act of loading their guns.
The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes James Quay Howard

We did not allow ourselves to be shaken off, and bayoneted the retiring foes one after the other.
A German deserter’s war experience Anonymous

Five of the enemy were also bayoneted in a communication trench.
The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman’s) Fred W. Ward

a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
a type of fastening in which a cylindrical member is inserted into a socket against spring pressure and turned so that pins on its side engage in slots in the socket
verb -nets, -neting, -neted, -nets, -netting, -netted
(transitive) to stab or kill with a bayonet

1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing weapon fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from French baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or perhaps it is a diminutive of Old French bayon “crossbow bolt.” The city name is from Late Latin baia “bay” + Basque on “good.” As a verb from c.1700.


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