That's the dictionary definition.
Saber/Sabre - the most awesome, realistic fencing weapon fenced competitively at district, regional, national and international events! (my definition)
A lesser known fact about saber: Women's saber fencing didn't get added to the Olympics until Athens 2004! Really. Around the world, fencing has always been a bit of a "men's club", but for some reason, even after decades of women fencing foil and epee, saber fencing was seen as too rough and aggressive for women. Ha! Women were fencing saber in the USA far before the Olympics allowed women's saber competition, and because of that, in 2004, US Women took Gold and Bronze. Of course, now women's saber is being fenced competitively all over the world and the competition is becoming fierce.
Oh, and as I mentioned before, there are personality stereotypes that seem to go with each weapon. Foil fencers are considered to be every day Joes and Jills; epee fencers are often graceful and reserved; and saber fencers are considered aggressive, passionate, sometimes even arrogant.
However, these are just stereotypes, and plenty of saber fencers are really fun people to hang out with and talk to . . .of course, I could just think that because I used to be one. :) (or at least I used to fence both foil and saber)
I had a cool video, but it was removed from youtube between the time I wrote this and the time I posted. Sorry. I don't have time this morning to replace it. :(
There are loads of other "S" terms in fencing, but don't worry, the rest of the alphabet is sparse for fencing lingo.
Happy A to Z!
Remember, live and write with passion!
(That's one of the lessons I think we can learn from saber fencers)