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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dagger a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
    • n dagger a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which "à la Florentine" usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver crépinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
    • Dagger (Print) 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 A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard Stiletto Bowie knife Dirk Misericorde Anlace.
    • n Dagger A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.
    • v. t Dagger To pierce with a dagger; to stab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dagger An edged and pointed weapon for thrusting, shorter than a sword, and used, commonly in connection with the rapier, by swordsmen in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, held in the left hand to parry the thrust of an adversary's rapier. The dagger was also the common weapon of private combat. For the dagger of the middle ages, see misericorde.
    • n dagger Any straight stabbing-weapon, as the dirk, poniard, stiletto, etc.
    • n dagger In printing, an obelisk; a mark of reference in the form of a dagger, thus: . It is the second mark of reference used when a page has more than one, following the asterisk or star (*). See obelisk.
    • n dagger In entomology, the popular name of several noctuid moths of the genus Acronycta: so called from a black dagger-like mark near the inner angle of the fore wings. The poplar-dagger, A. populi, feeds in the larval state on cottonwood-leaves. The caterpillar is closely covered with long yellow hairs, and carries five long black tufts. See cut on preceding page. The smeared dagger, A. oblinita, feeds in the larval state on many plants, as asparagus, cotton, and smart-weed; it is black, with a bright-yellow band at the side and a cross-row of crimson warts and stiff yellowish or rust-red bristles across each joint.
    • n dagger In Sollas's nomenclature of sponge-spicules, a form of the sexradiate spicule resulting from reduction of the distal ray and great development of the proximal ray.
    • n dagger plural In botany: The sword-grass, Phalaris arundinacea, or perhaps Poa aquatica.
    • n dagger The yellow flag, Iris Pseudacorus.
    • n dagger Dagger of lath the weapon given to the Vice in the old plays called moralities: often used figuratively of any weak or insufficient means of attack or defeuse.
    • n dagger Double dagger in printing, a reference-mark (‡) used next in order after the dagger. Also called diesis.
    • dagger To pierce with a dagger; stab.
    • dagger To provide with a dagger.
    • dagger To dagger arms. See arm.
    • n dagger In ship-building, any timber lying diagonally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dagger dag′ėr a short sword for stabbing at close quarters:
    • n Dagger dag′ėr (print.) a mark of reference (†), the double dagger (‡) being another
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “On this tenth day of June, 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.”


At daggers drawn - If people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry and close to violence.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. daggen, to pierce, F. daguer,. See Dag a dagger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dagger—W. dagr (Ir. daigear); cf. Fr. dague.


In literature:

Then they all assailed him with drawn daggers.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
So, when Hovan extended a claw and dug into his left arm, Tarlac used the dagger he'd borrowed from his sponsor to follow suit.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
He was soon out of sight, and rising, Jack placed the dagger carefully in an inside pocket, and determinedly set off after.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The early name for a dirk or dagger usually worn at the girdle.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He had found him in his wife's room, playing with the dagger.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
One dagger will do more than a hundred epigrams.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
Flaker's dagger glanced off at one side and merely scratched the bison.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Peter felt for his dagger till his hand gripped it.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
Seest thou this dagger with its glinting jewelled hilt?
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Taking the looped spear-heads first, we can follow the development of the spear-head from the dagger-blade.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
It advances upon me with its dagger of mist and it intends to fall upon me.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
In his right hand he had a dagger.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
These bones might be further utilized, they might be splintered and sharpened into daggers.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weaker man with the sponge.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Soldiers are supplied with the same rifles and European swords: the native curved dagger is also used.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
You have a sure and pretty touch with the dagger.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
He crept up to the bedside, and, throwing back the clothes, he stabbed several times into the bed with a dagger.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
In her wild impulse she had brought a dagger with her, which she had secreted in her breast.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He had been stabbed by a long dagger just below the heart.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The dagger, flashing downwards, struck the breast of the infatuated man, who fell apparently lifeless.
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis

In poetry:

Silver dagger you were,
Silver dagger!
It was not you who made
Such a fool of my hand.
"Guitar" by Cecilia Meireles
The greatest pain I have,
Silver dagger,
Is not to see me dying,
But to know who is killing me.
"Guitar" by Cecilia Meireles
There was one with a swagger
And a soft, slow tongue,
And a bright, cold dagger
Where his left hand swung-
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
The victim feels himself in hell
While he's with living men;
And he could whet the dagger well,
To take the life of friends.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
He drew his dagger that was sae sharp,
That was sae sharp and meet,
And drave it into the nut-browne bride,
That fell deid at his feit.
"Lord Thomas And Fair Annet" by Andrew Lang
"He rose from dreams of war's alarms,
To make his daggers keen and bright,
Desiring, in my very arms,
The fiercer rapture of the fight!
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Steelers' Mendenhall provides dagger for Eagles.
Sun wield the dagger .
Man Found With Dagger In Ventura County Jail Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison.
A man prosecutors say had a homemade dagger in the Ventura County Jail, and planned to use it on a jail guard has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.
Marshall can be ' Dagger ' for Bears.
The six-paragraph note on the band's site sums up the bittersweet nature of Double Dagger 's demise, which is taking place simply because, in their words, it's just time.
Wayne brought out the Dagger early.
Since its founding, The Dagger 's editors have worked to recreate the experience of neighborly conversation online.
Cahall believes that The Dagger 's focus on reader comments and contributions sets the site apart from other local outlets.
Brandon Triche's bruised tailbone, plus Baye Moussa Keita's cough and Darius Johnson-Odom's dagger .
Penalty that negates Johnson's long run 'a dagger ' and streak-ender.
Matt Porterfield's New Double Dagger Video.
Here's a new Double Dagger video by local filmmaker Matt Porterfield, who's been hailed by The New Yorker as the future of indie film.
Double Dagger 's new album, More (Thrill Jockey), is a swirling onslaught of trebly, punk-influnced rock.
As & Dagger ; Emerges, a New Opportunity for Catalogers (and Competition with OCLC).

In science:

This requirement involves a subtlety: kernels are closed under arbitrary isomorphisms but dagger monos are only closed under dagger isomorphisms.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
We typically choose this dagger mono as representant ker(f ) of the equivalence class of kernel maps.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
In presence of the dagger †, cokernels come for free: one can define a cokernel coker(f ) as ker(f † )† .
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
If, in the sixth point, m = n ◦ ϕ and m, n are dagger monos, then ϕ† ◦ ϕ = (n† ◦ m)† ◦ ϕ = m† ◦ n ◦ ϕ = m† ◦ m = id .
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
For convenience we therefore identify a mono/injection m : M ֌ X in Sets with the corresponding dagger mono (cid:0)M ֌ X (cid:1) in PInj.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
By duality: f is dagger epi iff f † is dagger mono iff the second leg f2 of f is an isomorphism.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Further, f is a dagger iso iff f is both dagger mono and dagger epi iff both legs f1 and f2 of f are isomorphisms.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Notice that kernels are the same as dagger monos, and are also the same as zero-monos.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
The Riesz representation theorem provides this category with a dagger.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Being inclusions, kernels are obviously dagger monos.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Hence Hilb is indeed an example of a dagger kernel category.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Since it preserves daggers, zero ob ject and kernels it is a map in the category DagKerCat, and therefore yields a map of kernel fibrations like in (1).
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Also dagger kernels in Hilb descend to PHilb.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
The full functor P : Hilb → PHilb preserves daggers, the zero ob ject and kernels.
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories
Hence a dagger mono is of the form x : x → y where x ≤ y .
Quantum Logic in Dagger Kernel Categories