noun, often attributive \ˈsrd\

: a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge

Full Definition of SWORD

:  a weapon (as a cutlass or rapier) with a long blade for cutting or thrusting that is often used as a symbol of honor or authority
a :  an agency or instrument of destruction or combat
b :  the use of force <the pen is mightier than the sword — E. G. Bulwer-Lytton>
:  coercive power
:  something that resembles a sword
sword·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at swords' points
:  mutually antagonistic :  ready to fight

Examples of SWORD

  1. <once upon a time dueling with swords was the gentlemanly way to settle a point of honor>

Illustration of SWORD

Origin of SWORD

Middle English, from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swert sword
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SWORD

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier
AT SWORDS' POINTS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsrd\

Definition of SWORD for Kids

:  a weapon having a long blade usually with a sharp point and edge


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