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 combatb : the use of force the pen is mightier than the sword — E. G. Bulwer-Lytton
3 : coercive power
4 : something that resembles a sword
swordlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at swords' points
: mutually antagonistic : ready to fight
Examples of sword in a Sentence
once upon a time dueling with swords was the gentlemanly way to settle a point of honor
Recent Examples of sword from the Web
A sword-swinging woman stabbed her ex-boyfriend during a fight at a north-side gas station, metropolitan police said.
The utter simplicity of the battle system was a double-edged sword that cut straight to the heart of my ability to enjoy the game.
Baumgartner and Newman make their round of stage sword-fighting look edge-of-the-seat real without injury.
Outside, food trucks lined the perimeter, and children played in a bounce house, had their faces painted or ran around the festival with balloon swords and animals.
See a reenactment of how this sword would have been used.
No Braking For Erdogan, who’s presided over the firing and jailing of civil servants by the tens of thousands since a rogue army faction tried to topple him, prolonging the credit spree is a double-edge sword.
Then there’s a quick shot of what looks like a sword being sharpened.
The teaser puts many an epic war scene on display, complete with armies clashing, ships aflame, Dany's dragons wreaking their usual havoc, and even a sword that's literally on fire.
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Origin and Etymology of sword
Middle English, from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swert sword
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SWORD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sword for English Language Learners
: a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
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Definition of sword for Students
: a weapon having a long blade usually with a sharp point and edge
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