Definition of foible in English:

foible

Line breaks: foi¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔɪb(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 2 Fencing The part of a sword blade from the middle to the point. Compare with forte1.
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    • Again footwork is often required to create the correct distance to allow you to parry the foible of the attacking blade.
    • This technique begins at the instant when the foible of the adversary's blade is against the forte of your blade.
    • He parries with his foible when a feint is close but his real defense is his feet.

Origin

late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'feeble'): from obsolete French, in Old French fieble (see feeble). Both noun senses also formerly occurred as senses of the word feeble and all date from the 17th century.

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