Sword meaning

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An instrument of death or destruction.
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A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
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The definition of a sword is a blade weapon with a sharp point, sharp edges on both sides and a handle.

An example of a sword is Excaliber, the sword from the story of Camelot.

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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.
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(weaponry) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, hew, or slice.
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Someone paid to handle a sword.
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(tarot) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
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(tarot) A card of this suit.
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(weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
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(euphemistic) The word shit, regarded as a vulgar or taboo word.
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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.
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at swords' points
  • Ready for a fight.
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put to the sword
  • To kill; slay.
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at swords' points
  • ready to quarrel or fight
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cross swords
  • to fight
  • to argue violently
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put to the sword
  • to kill with a sword or swords
  • to slaughter, esp. in war
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at swords' points
at swords' points

Origin of sword

  • Middle English from Old English sweord

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (“sword"), from Proto-Germanic *swerdÄ… (“sword"), from Proto-Indo-European *su̯rÌ¥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 sværd, Swedish svärd (“sword"), Icelandic sverð (“sword"), Old Church Slavonic [script?] (svÄ­rdÄ­lÅ­, “drill").

    From Wiktionary