- 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