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truncheon


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Truncheon  \Trun"cheon\,  v.  t. 
  To  beat  with  a  truncheon.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Truncheon  \Trun"cheon\,  n.  [OE.  tronchoun  the  shaft  of  a  broken 
  spear,  broken  piece,  OF  tronchon  tron?on,  F.  tron?on,  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}.] 
  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.  --Gardner. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  truncheon 
  n  :  a  policeman's  club  [syn:  {nightstick},  {billy},  {billystick}, 
  {stick}] 




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