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sword

 (sôrd)
n.
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.
3.
a. The use of force, as in war.
b. Military power or jurisdiction.
Idioms:
at swords' points
Ready for a fight.
put to the sword
To kill; slay.

[Middle English, from Old English sweord.]

sword

(sɔːd)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a thrusting, striking, or cutting weapon with a long blade having one or two cutting edges, a hilt, and usually a crosspiece or guard
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) such a weapon worn on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of authority
3. something resembling a sword, such as the snout of a swordfish
4. cross swords to argue or fight
5. (Military) the sword
a. violence or power, esp military power
b. death; destruction: to put to the sword.
[Old English sweord; related to Old Saxon swerd, Old Norse sverth, Old High German swert]
ˈswordless adj
ˈswordˌlike adj

sword

(sɔrd, soʊrd)

n.
1. a weapon, typically having a long, sharp-edged blade affixed to a hilt or handle.
2. this weapon as a symbol of military power, punitive justice, etc.: The pen is mightier than the sword.
3. a cause of death or destruction.
4. military force or aggression, esp. war: to perish by the sword.
Idioms:
1. at swords' points, mutually ready to fight or argue; opposed.
2. cross swords,
a. to engage in combat; fight.
b. to disagree violently; argue.
3. put to the sword, to slay; execute.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English sweord, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon swerd, Old High German swert, Old Norse sverth]
sword′like`, adj.

sword

  • sheath - Seems to have first been a split stick that a sword could be inserted into.
  • spades - As a suit in a deck of cards, it has nothing to do with spades as tools, but comes from Spanish espada, "sword."
  • spay - A shortening of a French word espeer, meaning "cut with a sword."
  • gladiator, gladiate - The main Latin word for sword was gladius, from which came gladiator; gladiate is an adjective meaning sword-shaped.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sword - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guardsword - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
backsword - a sword with only one cutting edge
blade - the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
broadsword - a sword with a broad blade and (usually) two cutting edges; used to cut rather than stab
cavalry sword, saber, sabre - a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
cutlas, cutlass - a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
falchion - a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
fencing sword - a sword used in the sport of fencing
foible - the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
forte - the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
haft, helve - the handle of a weapon or tool
hilt - the handle of a sword or dagger
rapier, tuck - a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
tip, peak, point - a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"

sword

noun
1. blade, brand (archaic), trusty steel The stubby sword used by ancient Roman gladiators.
cross swords fight, argue, dispute, disagree, spar, wrangle, be at loggerheads, come to blows, have a dispute, engage in conflict the last time they crossed swords was during the 1980s
put someone to the sword kill, murder, slaughter, execute, massacre, put to death, mow down Seventy thousand people were put to the sword.
Quotations
"The pen is mightier than the sword" [E.G. Bulwer-Lytton Richelieu]
"All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" Bible: St. Matthew

Swords and other weapons with blades

assegai or assagai, backsword, battle-axe, bayonet, bill, bowie knife, broadsword, claymore, cutlass, dagger, dirk, épée, falchion, foil, halberd, hatchet, jackknife, jerid, jereed, or jerreed, knife or (slang) chiv, kris, kukri, machete, parang, partisan, pike, poleaxe, poniard, rapier, sabre or saber, scimitar, sgian-dhu, sheath knife, skean, smallsword, snickersnee, spear, spontoon, stiletto, stone axe, sword or (archaic) glaive, sword bayonet, swordstick, tomahawk, trench knife, yataghan or ataghan
Translations
meč
sværd
mõõk
شمشیر
miekkamiekat
तलवार
mač
kard
sverðsverî
gladiusspatha
kalavijasšpagasusibartifechtavimasisfechtuotojas
zobens
sabiespadă
meč
mečsablja
svärd
upanga
ดาบ
gươmkiếmthanh kiếm

sword

[sɔːd]
A. Nespada f
to put sb to the swordpasar a algn a cuchillo
to cross swords with sbhabérselas con algn
to be a double-edged swordser un arma de doble filo
those that live by the sword die by the swordel que a hierro mata a hierro muere
B. CPD sword dance Ndanza f de espadas

sword

[ˈsɔːrd] népée f
to cross swords with sb (fig)croiser le fer avec qn
the sword of Damocles → l'épée de Damoclèssword fight ncombat m à l'épée

sword

nSchwert nt; to cross swords with somebody (lit, fig)mit jdm die Klinge(n) kreuzen; by fire and (the) swordmit Feuer und Schwert; those that live by the sword die by the sword (prov) → wer das Schwert ergreift, der soll durchs Schwert umkommen

sword

in cpdsSchwert-;
sword and sorcery
n (Liter) Sciencefiction mit mittelalterlichen Themen
swordbearer
nSchwertträger m
sword cane
nStockdegen m
sword dance
nSchwert(er)tanz m
swordfish
nSchwertfisch m
swordplay
n(Schwert)fechten nt
swordpoint
n at swordmit vorgehaltener Klinge

sword

:
swordstick
nStockdegen m
sword swallower
nSchwertschlucker(in) m(f)

sword

[sɔːd] nspada

sword

(soːd) noun
a weapon with a long blade that is sharp on one or both edges. He drew his sword (from its sheath) and killed the man.
ˈsword-play noun
the activity of fencing.
ˈswordsman (ˈsoːdz-) noun
a man who can fight or fence with a sword.
ˈswordtail noun
a tropical fish of fresh water, the male having a long sword-shaped tail.
cross swords
to quarrel or disagree. I try not to cross swords with my boss.

sword

سَيْف meč sværd Schwert σπαθί espada miekka épée mač spada zwaard sverd miecz espada меч svärd ดาบ kılıç thanh kiếm
References in classic literature ?
And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.
De Wardes, at the sound of Raoul's voice, which he recognized without having occasion to look at him, half drew his sword.
He said he would state the case exactly accord- ing to the facts; he would tell the simple straightfor- ward tale, without comment of his own; "and then," said he, "if ye find glory and honor due, ye will give it unto him who is the mightiest man of his hands that ever bare shield or strake with sword in the ranks of Christian battle -- even him that sitteth there
He understood his business; for when a sword left his hand one could shave himself with it.
Not too much so," replied D'Artagnan, with a bow that was not deficient in dignity, "since you do me the honor to draw a sword with me while suffering from a wound which is very inconvenient.
If they were in the way the blacks pushed them roughly to one side, or whacked them with the flat of a sword, and the animals slunk away as in great fear.
Alan drew a dirk, which he held in his left hand in case they should run in under his sword.
And she went on to tell him that the only way in which the old creature could be killed was with the sword that hung up in the castle; but the sword was so heavy that no one could lift it.
Poulter," Tom would say, at any allusion to the sword, "I wish you'd bring your sword and do the sword-exercise
As I kept passing and repassing the filling or woof of marline between the long yarns of the warp, using my own hand for the shuttle, and as Queequeg, standing sideways, ever and anon slid his heavy oaken sword between the threads, and idly looking off upon the water, carelessly and unthinkingly drove home every yarn: I say so strange a dreaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword, that it seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates.
He has provided dancers too, not only sword but also bell-dancers, for in his own town there are those who ring the changes and jingle the bells to perfection; of shoe-dancers I say nothing, for of them he has engaged a host.
FROM now on the old man devoted himself to the training of the boy in the handling of his lance and battle-axe, but each day also a period was allotted to the sword, until, by the time the youth had turned sixteen, even the old man himself was as but a novice by comparison with the marvelous skill of his pupil.