Memidex: Free online dictionary/thesaurus and more....
| Free Tools | Preferences | About | Contact | Index

rapier

Definition:

a straight sword with a narrow blade and 2 edges

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

rapiers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

tuck

Etymology:

Middle French rapière, from Old French espee rapiere "long, pointed two-edged...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rapier

a slender, sharply pointed sword, ideally used for thrusting attacks, used mainly in Early Modern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. The word "rapier" generally refers to a relatively long-bladed sword characterized by a complex hilt which is ... (39 of 3258 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rapier

Rapier (disambiguation)

A rapier is a slender, sharply pointed sword. Rapier may also refer to: An English variant of Roper George M. Rapier III, a CEO and chairman | James T. Rapier, a United States Representative from 1873 until 1875 | John L. Rapier, an American Civil War ... (44 of 159 words, 10 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rapier (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

rapier | rapier-like [adjective, derived]

a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries | a smaller single-edged ... (24 of 443 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rapier

Oxford Dictionary:

rapier

a thin, light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting. | [modifier] : (especially of speech or intelligence) quick and incisive (18 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rapier

Random House Dictionary:

rapier

a small sword, especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting. | a longer, heavier sword, especially of the 16th and ... (25 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rapier

American Heritage Dictionary:

rapier

A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 16th and 17th centuries. | A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and ... (25 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rapier

Wiktionary:

rapier | rapiers [plural]

A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless). | Extremely sharp. | Cutting smarts or keen wit. (17 of 37 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rapier

New World Dictionary:

rapier

a slender, two-edged sword used chiefly for thrusting (8 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rapier

Merriam-Webster:

rapier [entry 1, noun] | tuck [noun, archaic]

a straight 2-edged sword with a narrow pointed blade (9 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rapier

rapier [entry 2, adjective]

extremely sharp or keen (4 of 24 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rapier show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rapier [countable] | rapiers [plural]

a long thin sword with a very sharp point (9 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rapier

rapier [literary, adjective]

mentally quick and clever (4 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rapier 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

rapier [entry 1]

a sword with a long thin blade (7 of 12 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rapier 1

rapier [entry 2]

describes a statement or a sense of humour, etc. that is extremely clever and funny (15 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rapier 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sword [weapon]

preeminent hand weapon through a long period of history. It consists of a metal blade varying in length, breadth, and configuration but longer than a ... (25 of 357 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/577385​/sword

Columbia Encyclopedia:

sword

weapon of offense and defense in personal combat, consisting of a blade with a sharp point and one or two cutting edges, set in a hilt with a handle ... (29 of 305 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0847442​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

rapier | rapiers [plural]

a sword with a cup-shaped hilt and a long slender blade that can have two cutting edges, or only a sharply pointed tip for thrusting (25 of 58 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

rapier

First use: 1550s

Origin: Middle French rapière, from Old French espee rapiere "long, pointed two-edged sword" (late 15th century), in which the adjective is of ... (22 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=rapier

New World Dictionary:

rapier

Origin: French rapière, originally adjective, in Old French espee (sword) rapiere from perhaps râper, to rasp, ultimately from Old ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rapier

Oxford Dictionary:

rapier

First use: early 16th century

Origin: French rapière, from râpe "rasp, grater" (because the perforated hilt resembles a rasp or grater)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rapier

Collins Dictionary:

rapier

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Old French espee rapiere, literally: rasping sword; see rasp1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rapier

American Heritage Dictionary:

rapier

Origin: French rapière, from Old French (espee) rapiere, rapier (sword).

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rapier

Wiktionary:

rapier | rapiers [plural]

Origin: Middle French (espee) rapiere.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rapier

Merriam-Webster:

rapier [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1553

Origin: Middle French (espee) rapiere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rapier

Encarta Dictionary:

rapier | rapiers [plural]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Probably via Dutch or Low German rappir from French rapière in obsolete espee rapière "rapier sword"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

rapier

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rapier

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rapier [countable] | rapiers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rapier

rapier [literary, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rapier 5

Macmillan American Dictionary:

rapier [countable] | rapiers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rapier

rapier [literary, adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rapier 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

rapier [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "rapier"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "rapier"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rapier 2

the Free Dictionary:

rapier

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "rapier"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "rapier" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/rapier

Google Dictionary:

rapier | rapiers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=rapier

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rapier

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rapier"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rapier​01 word=rapier

YourDictionary Audio:

rapier

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rapier" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rapier

Page last updated: 2013-06-26

Copyright © 2008-2013 Memidex