broad·​sword | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce broadsword (audio) \

Definition of broadsword

: a large heavy sword with a broad blade for cutting rather than thrusting

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With their shields held overhead, soldiers would climb ladders held against the walls or rush through breaches, their arms furiously swinging two-handed broadswords and battle-axes or charging forward with long sharp pikes in front of them. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 10 Aug. 2017 With a clumsy upward swing of his heavy broadsword, the knight — nay, the king, for he was dressed as King Robert the Bruce — officially opened the golf course bearing his name. Peter W. Stevenson, Washington Post, "Eric Trump proves the Trump family can’t disentangle politics and golf," 28 June 2017 Ramirez is working on using his slider as a broadsword, throwing it to lefties as a backdoor pitch in addition to getting right-handers to chase it. Andrew Baggarly, The Mercury News, "Two Giants roster hopefuls will receive the ultimate baseball novelty: A Chicago Cubs World Series ring," 6 Mar. 2017 Reciting Shakespeare is tough enough for novices, without adding fight scenes with real broadswords. CBS News, "Massachusetts juvenile offenders offered Shakespeare -- instead of jail," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of broadsword

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of broadsword

: a large, heavy sword that has a wide blade used for cutting


broad·​sword | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce broadsword (audio) \

Kids Definition of broadsword

: a sword having a broad blade

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