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Other Dagger Definition

[n] a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
[n] a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

Synonyms

obelisk, sticker

Misc. Definitions

\Dag"ger\ (-g[~e]r), n. [Cf. OE. daggen to pierce, F. daguer. See {Dag} a dagger.]
1. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. {Poniard}, {Stiletto}, {Bowie knife}, {Dirk}, {Misericorde}, {Anlace}.
2. (Print.) A mark of reference in the form of a dagger [[dagger]]. It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; -- called also {obelisk}. {Dagger moth} (Zo["o]l.), any moth of the genus {Apatalea}. The larv[ae] are often destructive to the foliage of fruit trees, etc. {Dagger of lath}, the wooden weapon given to the Vice in the old Moralities. --Shak. {Double dagger}, a mark of reference [[dag]] which comes next in order after the dagger. {To look, or speak}, {daggers}, to look or speak fiercely or reproachfully.
\Dag"ger\, v. t. To pierce with a dagger; to stab. [Obs.]
\Dag"ger\, n. [Perh. from diagonal.] A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame. --Knight.

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