sword

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noun, often attributive \ˈsȯrd\

Definition of sword

  1. 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

  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

swordlike

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at swords' points

  1. :  mutually antagonistic :  ready to fight

Examples of sword in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sword

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

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SWORD Defined for English Language Learners

sword

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noun

Definition of sword for English Language Learners

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


SWORD Defined for Kids

sword

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noun \ˈsȯrd\

Definition of sword for Students

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



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