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Meaning of sword by Wiktionary Dictionary


    a sword

    Alternative forms


    From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord ( “sword” ), from Proto-Germanic *swerdan ( “sword” ), from Proto-Indo-European *su̯r̥dhom ( “sword” ), from Proto-Indo-European *swer- ( “to cut, pierce, fester” ). Cognate with Scots swerd, sword ( “sword” ), North Frisian swird ( “sword” ), West Frisian swurd ( “sword” ), Dutch zwaard ( “sword” ), Low German sweerd ( “sword” ), German Schwert ( “sword” ), Swedish svärd ( “sword” ), Icelandic sverð ( “sword” ), Old Church Slavonic ( svĭrdĭlŭ, “drill” ) .


    • ( US ) IPA: /sɔɹd/, /ˈsoʊ.ɚd/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /sɔːd/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )d


    sword ( plural: swords )

    1. ( weaponry ) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, cut or slash.
    2. Someone paid to handle a sword .
    3. ( tarot ) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot .
    4. ( tarot ) A card of this suit .

    Coordinate terms

    • ( weaponry ): bayonet, claymore, cutlass, epee, épée, falchion, foil, katana, knife, machete, rapier, sabre, saber, scimitar, vorpal, yataghan, yatagan



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/03/16 19:34 UTC Version )


    s-word ( plural: s-words )

    1. ( euphemistic ) The word shit, regarded as a vulgar or taboo word .
    2. Any word beginning with s that is not normally taboo but is considered ( often humorously ) to be so in the given context; for example, socialism .


Explanation of sword by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

    Definition of sword by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sword ( sōrd ), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sverð, Sw. svärd, Dan. svaerd; of uncertain origin.]
      1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is the general term, including the small sword, rapier, saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.

      2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power.

      He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. Rom. xiii. 4.

      She quits the balance, and resigns the sword. Dryden.

      3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension.

      I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matt. x. 34.

      4. The military power of a country.

      He hath no more authority over the sword than over the law. Milton.

      5. ( Weaving ) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.

      Sword arm, the right arm. -- Sword bayonet, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and which can be used as a sword. -- Sword bearer, one who carries his master's sword; an officer in London who carries a sword before the lord mayor when he goes abroad. -- Sword belt, a belt by which a sword is suspended, and borne at the side. -- Sword blade, the blade, or cutting part, of a sword. -- Sword cane, a cane which conceals the blade of a sword or dagger, as in a sheath. -- Sword dance. A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed together by the male dancers. Sir W. Scott. A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but without touching them. -- Sword fight, fencing; a combat or trial of skill with swords; swordplay. -- Sword grass. ( Bot. ) See Gladen. -- Sword knot, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword. -- Sword law, government by the sword, or by force; violence. Milton. -- Sword lily. ( Bot. ) See Gladiolus. -- Sword mat ( Naut. ), a mat closely woven of yarns; -- so called from a wooden
      implement used in its manufacture. -- Sword shrimp ( Zool. ), a European shrimp ( Pasiphaea sivado ) having a very thin, compressed body. -- Sword stick, a sword cane. -- To measure swords with one. See under Measure, v. t. -- To put to the sword. See under Put.