Definition of Truncheon

1. Noun. A short stout club used primarily by policemen.

Exact synonyms: Baton, Billy, Billy Club, Billystick, Nightstick
Generic synonyms: Club

Definition of Truncheon

1. n. A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear.

2. v. t. To beat with a truncheon.

Definition of Truncheon

1. Noun. (obsolete) A fragment or piece broken off from something, especially a broken-off piece of a spear or lance. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The shaft of a spear. ¹

3. Noun. A short staff, a club; a cudgel. ¹

4. Noun. A baton, or military staff of command, now especially the stick carried by a police officer. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth. ¹

6. Noun. (euphemistic) penis ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To strike with a truncheon. ¹

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Definition of Truncheon

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Truncheon

1. 1. A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear. "With his truncheon he so rudely struck." (Spenser) 2. A baton, or military staff of command. "The marshal's truncheon nor the judges robe." (Shak) 3. A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth. Origin: OE. Tronchoun the shaft of a broken spear, broken piece, OF.tronchon, tronon, F. Tronon, fr. OF. & F. Tronce, tronche, a piece of wood; cf. OF. Trons, tros, trois; all perhaps from L. Thyrsus a stalk, stem, staff. See Thyrsus, and cf. Trounce. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Truncheon

truncate ascertainment
truncated cone
truncated icosahedra
truncated icosahedron
truncated icosahedrons
truncated pyramid
truncation error
trunci intestinales
trunci lumbales
trunci plexus brachialis
truncus arteriosus
truncus arteriosus communis
truncus atrioventricularis
truncus brachiocephalicus

Literary usage of Truncheon

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1. The Parliamentary Debates by Great Britain Parliament (1905)
"Use of the truncheon by Irish Policemen. MB. MULDOON (Donegal, N.) : I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"1 Still was it outrage; — yet, 't is true, Not then claimed sovereignty his due; While Albany with feeble hand Held borrowed truncheon of command, ..."

3. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1883)
"Her son pursued his infant play, A fancied moss-trooper, the hoy The truncheon of a spear ... truncheon ..."

4. Louis the Fourteenth, and the Court of France in the Seventeenth Century by Pardoe (Julia) (1855)
"... his Excesses—The truncheon in Specie—The Marriage-Promise—His enforced Retirement; his Evasion—Marriage of the Duke de Lau- zun—Disappointment of the ..."

5. The Works of William Robertson, D.D.: To which is Prefixed an Account of the by William Robertson, Dugald Stewart (1827)
"... kissing his truncheon, delivered it to the chief magi- BOOK strate, and withdrew. . an™'5 Cortes had concerted this important measure with his chosen ..."

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