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sword

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noun \ˈsȯrd\

Simple Definition of sword

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

Full Definition of sword

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2a :  an agency or instrument of destruction or combatb :  the use of force <the pen is mightier than the sword — E. G. Bulwer-Lytton>

  3. 3 :  coercive power

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a sword

sword·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at swords' points
  1. :  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

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