sword

noun, often attributive
\ ˈsȯrd How to pronounce sword (audio) \

Definition of sword

1 : a weapon (such as a cutlass or rapier) with a long blade for cutting or thrusting that is often used as a symbol of honor or authority
2a : an agency or instrument of destruction or combat
b : the use of force the pen is mightier than the sword— E. G. Bulwer-Lytton
3 : coercive power
4 : something that resembles a sword
at swords' points
: mutually antagonistic : ready to fight

Illustration of sword

Illustration of sword

sword 1: 1 pommel, 2 hilt, 3 guard, 4 blade

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Other Words from sword

swordlike \ ˈsȯrd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce swordlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sword

Synonyms

blade, brand, steel

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Examples of sword in a Sentence

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

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With the guidance of an instructor, venture into an arena to safely train and fight other new centurions—and feel the thrill of handling your own wooden sword and shield. National Geographic, "Italy Family Journey: Venice to Rome," 12 June 2019 In the Medieval level shown at E3, there’s a ghost king complete with a tacky crown, and Luigi will often interrupt ghosts practicing their sword fighting. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "E3 2019: Why you’ll love Nintendo’s gooey Gooigi in ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’," 11 June 2019 Game of Thrones stood out not for its swords and sorcery, but for its application of real history and moral consequence to that setting. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 Take Game of Thrones for example, with its swords, dragons, keeps, and kings. Dennis Tang, Teen Vogue, "How Hafsah Faizal Created a Fantastical World Rooted in Reality," 28 May 2019 The knight acquiesced, beheading Ned with his own ancestral sword in front of his entire family. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Arya Stark's Kill List May Never Be Complete," 14 May 2019 In the Wight Hunt, when Snow kills a White Walker with Longclaw, his Valyrian steel sword, almost all the wights around him die too, perhaps because that Walker controlled them or reanimated them from corpses. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 The graphic shows a closeup of the swords making up the Iron Throne fusing into the face of a dragon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Think the New Poster Teases Who Ends Up on the Iron Throne," 23 Mar. 2019 The figure guards the sword of justice, Hansen said. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale American Legion restoring statue with new medallion, nearly 90 years after original was stolen," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of sword

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sword

Middle English, from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swert sword

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The first known use of sword was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for sword

sword

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sword

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

sword

noun
\ ˈsȯrd How to pronounce sword (audio) \

Kids Definition of sword

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

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