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1. A sword with only one cutting edge.
2. A one-handed fencing stick; a singlestick.
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1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) another name for broadsword
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) Also called: backswordsman a person who uses the backsword
3. (Fencing) a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
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(ˈbækˌsɔrd, -ˌsoʊrd)

a sword with one edge sharpened.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backsword - a stick used instead of a sword for fencingbacksword - a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
stick - an implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
2.backsword - a sword with only one cutting edgebacksword - a sword with only one cutting edge  
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
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References in classic literature ?
Willum's sweetheart is in the "veast" somewhere, and has strictly enjoined him not to get his head broke at back-swording, on pain of her highest displeasure; but as she is not to be seen (the women pretend not to like to see the backsword play, and keep away from the stage), and as his hat is decidedly getting old, he chucks it on to the stage, and follows himself, hoping that he will only have to break other people's heads, or that, after all, Rachel won't really mind.
The MP stressed that Lebanon will never return backsword and will not be controlled by those who seek to terminate the others and seize power.
When in good humor, he would amuse his guests with beguiling tales or take pleasure in someone else's yarn or jest, while out there in the courtyard the youth would play backsword or break in my lord's Turkish ponies."