Sword
Sword Sword (s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv["a]rd, Dan. sv[ae]rd; 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power. [1913 Webster]

He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. --Rom. xiii. 4. [1913 Webster]

She quits the balance, and resigns the sword. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension. [1913 Webster]

I came not to send peace, but a sword. --Matt. x. 34. [1913 Webster]

4. The military power of a country. [1913 Webster]

He hath no more authority over the sword than over the law. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. (Weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended. [1913 Webster]

{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) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed together by the male dancers. --Sir W. Scott. (b) 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} (Zo["o]l.), a European shrimp ({Pasiph[ae]a 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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • sword — ► NOUN 1) a weapon with a long metal blade and a hilt with a handguard, used for thrusting or striking. 2) (the sword) literary military power; violence. ● beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares Cf. ↑turn swords into ploughshares ● he who liv …   English terms dictionary

  • sword — [so:d US so:rd] n [: Old English; Origin: sweord] 1.) a weapon with a long pointed blade and a handle 2.) a/the sword of Damocles literary a bad thing that might happen at any time ▪ The treaty hung like a sword of Damocles over French politics.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • SWORD — est un jeu de rôle. Vous êtes dans la peau d un personnage et vous montez de niveau, il y a des combats, et c est à travers un monde imaginaire ou virtuel et fictif. Ce n est bien sur pas du 3D mais le remplissage est très bon sans compter les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sword — est un jeu de rôle. Vous êtes dans la peau d un personnage et vous montez de niveau, il y a des combats, et c est à travers un monde imaginaire ou virtuel et fictif. Ce n est bien sur pas du 3D mais le remplissage est très bon sans compter les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sword — [ sɔrd ] noun count ** a weapon with a short handle and a long sharp blade cross swords (with someone) to disagree or argue with someone about something: Once again, they are crossing swords over the issue of welfare reform. a double edged/two… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sword — [sôrd] n. [ME < OE sweord, akin to Ger schwert, prob. < IE base * swer , to cut, pierce] 1. 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 …   English World dictionary

  • sword — O.E. sweord, from P.Gmc. *swerdan (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. swerd, O.N. sverð, Swed. svärd, M.Du. swaert, Du. zwaard, O.H.G. swert, Ger. Schwert), related to O.H.G. sweran to hurt, from *swertha , lit. the cutting weapon, from PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sword — For other uses, see Sword (disambiguation) and Swords (disambiguation). Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century A sword is a bladed weapon (edged weapon) used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the… …   Wikipedia

  • sword — n. 1 a weapon usu. of metal with a long blade and hilt with a handguard, used esp. for thrusting or striking, and often worn as part of ceremonial dress. 2 (prec. by the) a war. b military power. Phrases and idioms: put to the sword kill, esp. in …   Useful english dictionary

  • sword — swordless, adj. swordlike, adj. /sawrd, sohrd/, n. 1. a weapon having various forms but consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved blade, sharp edged on one or both sides, with one end pointed and the other fixed in a hilt or… …   Universalium

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