- a detachable, daggerlike blade put on the muzzle end of a rifle, for hand-to-hand fighting
- a part like a bayonet in shape, manner of attachment, etc.
Origin of bayonetFrench bayonnette, after Bayonne, France (see Bayonne), where first made
intransitive verb-·net′ed or -·net′ted, -·net′ing or -·net′ting
transitive verbbay·o·net·ed, bay·o·net·ing, bay·o·nets, or bay·o·net·ted bay·o·net·ting
Origin of bayonetFrench baïonnette after Bayonne , a town of southwest France where the weapon was manufactured
- (military) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.
- (engineering) A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.
(third-person singular simple present bayonets, present participle bayoneting or bayonetting, simple past and past participle bayoneted or bayonetted)
The spelling bayoneting and bayoneted are preferred in the US while bayonetting and bayonetted are preferred in the UK.