Sword Definition

sôrd
swords
noun
swords
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.
Webster's New World
The sword regarded as an instrument of death, destruction, etc.
Webster's New World
Power; esp., military power.
Webster's New World
War or warfare.
Webster's New World
The military class or profession.
Webster's New World
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idiom
at swords' points
  • Ready for a fight.
American Heritage
put to the sword
  • To kill; slay.
American Heritage
at swords' points
  • ready to quarrel or fight
Webster's New World
cross swords
  • to fight
  • to argue violently
Webster's New World
put to the sword
  • to kill with a sword or swords
  • to slaughter, esp. in war
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Sword

Noun

Singular:
sword
Plural:
swords

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Origin of Sword

  • 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

  • Middle English from Old English sweord

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

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