An example of a sword is Excaliber, the sword from the story of Camelot.
- a hand weapon having a long, sharp-pointed blade, usually with a sharp edge on one or both sides, set in a hilt; broadsword, rapier, saber, scimitar, etc.
- the sword regarded as an instrument of death, destruction, etc.
- power; esp., military power
- the military class or profession
- war or warfare
Origin of swordMiddle English from Old English sweord, akin to German schwert, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to cut, pierce
at swords' points
- to fight
- to argue violently
put to the sword
- to kill with a sword or swords
- to slaughter, esp. in war
- A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
- An instrument of death or destruction.
- a. The use of force, as in war.b. Military power or jurisdiction.
Origin of swordMiddle English from Old English sweord
From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (“sword"), from Proto-Germanic *swerdÄ… (“sword"), from Proto-Indo-European *suÌ¯rÌ¥dhom (“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, Schwert (“sword"), German Schwert (“sword"), Danish svÃ¦rd, Swedish svÃ¤rd (“sword"), Icelandic sverÃ° (“sword"), Old Church Slavonic [script?] (svÄrdÄlÅ, “drill").
- (euphemistic) The word shit, regarded as a vulgar or taboo word.
- 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.