Da'gger. n.s. [dague, French.]
- A short sword; a poniard.
She ran to her son's dagger, and struck herself a mortal wound. Sidney, b. ii.
This sword a dagger had his page,
That was but little for his age;
And therefore waited on him so,
As dwarfs upon knights errant do. Hudibras, p. i. cant. I.
He strikes himself with his dagger; but being interrupted by one of his friends, he stabs him, and breaks the dagger on one of his ribs. Addison on Italy.
- [In fencing schools.] A blunt blade of iron with a basket hilt, used for defence.
- [With printers.] The obelus; a mark of reference in form of a dagger; as [†].