Definition of Dagger

1. Noun. A short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing.

Exact synonyms: Sticker
Specialized synonyms: Dirk, Kirpan, Crease, Creese, Kris, Bodkin, Poniard, Stiletto
Terms within: Haft, Helve, Hilt
Generic synonyms: Knife
Derivative terms: Stick, Stick

2. Noun. A character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote.
Exact synonyms: Obelisk
Generic synonyms: Character, Grapheme, Graphic Symbol

Definition of Dagger

1. n. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard, Stiletto, Bowie knife, Dirk, Misericorde, Anlace.

2. v. t. To pierce with a dagger; to stab.

3. n. A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.

Definition of Dagger

1. Noun. (context: weapon) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade. ¹

2. Noun. The text character (†). ¹

3. Noun. A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame. ¹

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Definition of Dagger

1. to stab with a small knife [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Dagger

1. 1. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard, Stiletto, Bowie knife, Dirk, Misericorde, Anlace. 2. A mark of reference in the form of a dagger ['] It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; called also obelisk. Dagger moth, any moth of the genus Apatalea. The larvae are often destructive to the foliage of fruit trees, etc. Dagger of lath, the wooden weapon given to the Vice in the old Moralities. Double dagger, a mark of reference [

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dagger

dagesh forte
dagesh lene
dagger (current term)
dagger board
dagger fern

Literary usage of Dagger

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"ti-i-mii/ctn : so called from a black dagger-like mark near the inner angle of the ... dagger of lath, the weapon (riven to the Vice In the old plays called ..."

2. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"He was grotesquely dressed in a cap with ass's ears, a long coat, and a dagger of lath ; and one of his chief employments was to make sport with the devil, ..."

3. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1885)
"Larva on apple and elm, (Thaxter). 3. Lobelia Guen. " Large dagger." Larva on burr oak, ... 6. Thoracica Gr. 7. Dentata Gr. 8. Grisea Walk. " Pale dagger. ..."

4. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1822)
"To show that the bloody dagger was not the creation of his fancy, ... The statement was not indeed supported by the witnesses, as no dagger was painted on ..."

5. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"This "good-bye," repeated several times, his knitted brows as he gazed at the dagger, his resignation, and the solemnity of his manner, above all, ..."

6. The Art of Speaking: Containing, an Essay, in which are Given Rules for by James Burgh (1804)
"To feeling as to sight f or art thou but A dagger of the mind, ... (2) Drawi;.g his dagger, and looking on it, and then on that in the a'.r, as comparing ..."

7. A History of Italian Unity: Being a Political History of Italy from 1814 to 1871 by Bolton King (1912)
"B THE "THEORY OF THE dagger" (Vol. L p. 136; Vol . II. p. 27. ... He "abominated any theory of the dagger" (Mazzini, Opere, III. 41; X. 51). ..."

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