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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 ?
A moment was allowed for the first thrill to subside, then Hugo, the villain, stalked in with a clanking sword at his side, a slouching hat, black beard, mysterious cloak, and the boots.
There was a woman with a sword in her hand, an old man with a long white beard who went about followed by a dog, a young girl whose stock- ings were always coming down and hanging over her shoe tops.
A farmer in the county north of ours, when he was breaking sod, had turned up a metal stirrup of fine workmanship, and a sword with a Spanish inscription on the blade.
His slight sword was snapped in the first encounter.
And now, being a trifle choleric in his temperament, the lieutenant-governor uplifted the heavy hilt of his sword, wherewith he so beat and banged upon the door, that, as some of the bystanders whispered, the racket might have disturbed the dead.
I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked, and steeple-crowned progenitor-who came so early, with his Bible and his sword, and trode the unworn street with such a stately port, and made so large a figure, as a man of war and peace -- a stronger claim than for myself, whose name is seldom heard and my face hardly known.
Thus, while the busy dame bustled about the house, or plied her spinning-wheel at one end of the piazza, honest Balt would sit smoking his evening pipe at the other, watching the achievements of a little wooden warrior, who, armed with a sword in each hand, was most valiantly fighting the wind on the pinnacle of the barn.
Why, diving after the slowly descending head, Queequeg with his keen sword had made side lunges near its bottom, so as to scuttle a large hole there; then dropping his sword, had thrust his long arm far inwards and upwards, and so hauled out our poor Tash by the head.
I felt him stagger with the shock, though he uttered no cry; I tried to check my speed, but the sword dropped from his right hand, the rein fell loose from the left, and sinking backward from the saddle he fell to the earth; the other riders swept past us, and by the force of their charge I was driven from the spot.
A man who will never more be trapped--whom no blandishments will cajole, whom no threats will frighten; who from tonight on will move forward, and not backward, who will study and understand, who will gird on his sword and take his place in the army of his comrades and brothers.
I tell you, Eliza, that a sword will pierce through your soul for every good and pleasant thing your child is or has; it will make him worth too much for you to keep.
The weapons with which we have gained our most important victories, which should be handed down as heirlooms from father to son, are not the sword and the lance, but the bushwhack, the turf-cutter, the spade, and the bog hoe, rusted with the blood of many a meadow, and begrimed with the dust of many a hard-fought field.