deadly weapon


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deadly weapon

n. any weapon which can kill. This includes not only weapons which are intended to do harm like a gun or knife, but also blunt instruments like clubs, baseball bats, monkey wrenches, an automobile or any object which actually causes death. This becomes important when trying to prove criminal charges brought for assault with a deadly weapon. In a few 1990s cases courts have found rocks and even penises of AIDS sufferers as "deadly weapons." (See: dangerous weapon)

See: cudgel
References in classic literature ?
It was evident the celestial was no stranger to the use of his deadly weapon, nor to the moments of extreme and sudden peril which demanded its use, for he seemed no more perturbed than had he been but hanging out his weekly wash.
The skull, shattered by some deadly weapon, left the brain exposed, which was much injured.
Close at the heels of the horses came two-score archers bearded and burly, their round targets on their backs and their long yellow bows, the most deadly weapon that the wit of man had yet devised, thrusting forth from behind their shoulders.
A woman's tongue is a deadly weapon and the most difficult thing in the world to keep in order, and things slip off it with a facility nothing short of appalling at the very moment when it ought to be most quiet.
He took up the deadly weapon again, his lips parted and his eyes fixed on the clock, and then shuddered at the click of the trigger as he cocked the pistol.
They confronted the soldiers, not wholly without arms, and ready to convert the very stones of the street into deadly weapons.
The word being given to surround the house, some climbed the gates, or dropped into the shallow trench and scaled the garden wall, while others pulled down the solid iron fence, and while they made a breach to enter by, made deadly weapons of the bars.
The fact was too evident to be denied, and after pausing a moment, that the audience might digest his premises, Richard proceeded: “It seems proper that I should decide this question, as I am bound to preserve the peace of the county; and men with deadly weapons in their hands should not be heedlessly left to contention and their own malignant passions.
If you find that the defendant carried no firearm or deadly weapon in the course of committing the Robbery By Sudden Snatching, but did commit the Robbery By Sudden Snatching, you should find [him][her] guilty only of Robbery By Sudden Snatching.
Huerta was booked on assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle.
a]ccordingly, because Russell had sound reason to believe that Anderson was armed, Russell acted reasonably by firing on Anderson as a protective measure before directly observing a deadly weapon.
San Diego police spokes-man Bill Robinson said the fish was considered a deadly weapon in the same way that shoes or teeth can be weapons.