Poniard vs. Dagger - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Dagger

    A dagger is a knife with a very sharp point and one or two sharp edges, typically designed or capable of being used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon. Daggers have been used throughout human experience for close combat confrontations, and many cultures have used adorned daggers in ritual and ceremonial contexts. The distinctive shape and historic usage of the dagger have made it iconic and symbolic. A dagger in the modern sense is a weapon designed for close-proximity combat or self-defense; due to its use in historic weapon assemblages, it has associations with assassination and murders. Double-edged knives, however, play different sorts of roles in different social contexts. In some cultures, they are neither a weapon nor a tool, but a potent symbol of manhood; in others they are ritual objects used in body modifications such as circumcision.A wide variety of thrusting knives have been described as daggers, including knives that feature only a single cutting edge, such as the European rondel dagger or the Persian pesh-kabz, or, in some instances, no cutting edge at all, such as the stiletto of the Renaissance. However, in the last hundred years or so, in most contexts, a dagger has certain definable characteristics, including a short blade with a sharply tapered point, a central spine or fuller, and usually two cutting edges sharpened the full length of the blade, or nearly so. Most daggers also feature a full crossguard to keep the hand from riding forwards onto the sharpened blade edges.Daggers are primarily weapons, so knife legislation in many places restricts their manufacture, sale, possession, transport, or use.

Wiktionary

  • Poniard (noun)

    A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.

  • Poniard (verb)

    To stab with a poniard.

  • Dagger (noun)

    A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.

  • Dagger (noun)

    The text character †; the obelus.

  • Dagger (noun)

    A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.

  • Dagger (verb)

    To pierce with a dagger; to stab.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Poniard (noun)

    a small, slim dagger.

  • Dagger (noun)

    a short knife with a pointed and edged blade, used as a weapon

    "he drew his dagger and stabbed the leader"

  • Dagger (noun)

    another term for obelus

  • Dagger (noun)

    a moth with a dark dagger-shaped marking on the forewing.

Webster Dictionary

  • Poniard (noun)

    A kind of dagger, - usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade.

  • Poniard

    To pierce with a poniard; to stab.

  • Dagger (noun)

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

  • Dagger (noun)

    A mark of reference in the form of a dagger [

  • Dagger (noun)

    A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.

  • Dagger

    To pierce with a dagger; to stab.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Poniard (noun)

    a dagger with a slender blade

  • Poniard (verb)

    stab with a poniard

  • Dagger (noun)

    a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing

  • Dagger (noun)

    a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

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