• WordNet 3.6
    • n singlestick a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Singlestick In England and Scotland, a cudgel used in fencing or fighting; a backsword.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n singlestick A cudgel for use with one hand, as distinguished from the quarter-staff. It is usually fitted with a guard for the hand, somewhat like that of a saber. Compare back-sword.
    • n singlestick The play or practice with such cudgels; the art of attack and defense with them: as, to learn single-stick.
    • n singlestick A wooden sword used on board ship for teaching the use of the cutlas.
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In literature:

Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.
"A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Ha, Sergeant, an' my memory serves me right, we have had many a bout at singlestick.
"The Rose and the Ring" by William Makepeace Thackeray
We should have nobody to zing, and play singlestick to, and grin at through horse-collars, that's true.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
Then, at college, he became illustrious among rowers and cricketers, renowned as a pistol shot, dreaded as a singlestick player.
"Basil" by Wilkie Collins
George Fairburn had ever been an adept at all school games, and had spent many a leisure hour at singlestick.
"With Marlborough to Malplaquet" by Herbert Strang and Richard Stead
I am fairly good at fence, and excellent as any at singlestick.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Do you remember Reg chipping that corner of the frame with a singlestick?
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
His belief was that his proficiency in singlestick was matched only by his skill in song.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
It was, to use the term of the old-fashioned singlestick players, "first blood," and the sight thereof had a disastrous effect.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
So we conspire with singlestick and rapier.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Then they turned on Hartigan, who was going through the movements of singlestick, on the open floor.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Now all this, to the polite intercourse of society, is pretty much what singlestick is to the rapier.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
He was fairly expert with singlestick and rapier, and could play piquet and double-dummy bridge with more than average skill.
"A Knight on Wheels" by Ian Hay
He could strum on the lute, bawl a song fairly, and play with singlestick to admiration.
"King-Errant" by Flora Annie Steel