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

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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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Her example reminds me of Alexander the Great, slicing through the knot with a sword instead of messing about trying to unpick it. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kim, Kate, Juergen, Pam, and More Cheer on Vivienne Westwood as She Receives an Honor from the Fashion Awards," 5 Dec. 2018 The pair challenge each other to a Gladiator-style duel (in which episode host Adam Driver also becomes an unintended casualty) that ends with Davidson impaling Mooney with a sword. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "SNL Epically Roasted Cast Member Pete Davidson About His Summer With Ariana Grande," 30 Sep. 2018 In his right hand is a sword (shortish but surely deadly). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mexico City Journal, Part II," 7 Feb. 2018 Take the famed No Man’s Land scene in Wonder Woman; Diana stands out in lurid color against a sea of gray male soldiers, towering over them, her long locks twirling with her sword. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Beric Dondarrion holds up his flaming sword, Lightbringer, with Tormund Giantsbane and Dolorous Edd (Eddison Tollett, Jon Snow's buddy from the Night's Watch) in tow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Dropped Its Official Season 8 Trailer and There's So Much to Take In," 5 Mar. 2019 The centuries-old custom involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Look Back at Prince Charles's Investiture as the Prince of Wales, 50 Years Later," 3 Mar. 2019 Dio teamed up with Julien’s Auctions and offered 666 items from the rock icon’s personal collection, including stage props, instruments used over the years, swords, medieval art and more. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Ronnie James Dio's widow says it was 'very difficult' sending his possessions to auction: 'Some of the shirts still smell of him'," 19 Sep. 2018 But also a sword to deal with irresponsible conduct. Eric Johnson, Recode, "There should be ‘consequences’ for platforms that don’t remove people like Alex Jones, Senator Ron Wyden says," 22 Aug. 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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