backsword

backsword
noun Date: 1597 a single-edged sword

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Backsword — Backsword:italienische Schiavona Backsword oder Broadsword ist die aus England stammende, von Sammlern verwendete Bezeichnung für Militärschwerter die mit einer breiten, schweren, zweischneidigen Klinge ausgestattet waren und vor der Zeit der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Backsword — Back sword , n. [2d back, n. + sword.] 1. A sword with one sharp edge. [1913 Webster] 2. In England, a stick with a basket handle, used in rustic amusements; also, the game in which the stick is used. Also called singlestick. Halliwell. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backsword — [bak′sôrd΄] n. 1. a sword sharpened on only one edge 2. a hilted, saberlike stick used in fencing practice or as a singlestick …   English World dictionary

  • Backsword — A backsword is a sword having a blade with only one edge. [http://www.myarmoury.com/feature euroedge.html MyArmoury] ] The back of the sword is often the thickest part of the blade and acts to support and strengthen it.The term refers more… …   Wikipedia

  • backsword — noun A sword with one sharp edge. It is a thick, heavy backsword, eighteen inches long, with a bevel where the point should be, worn at the waist in a half scabbard of wood …   Wiktionary

  • Backsword — The backsword was so named because it only had one cutting edge. The non cutting edge (the back of the blade) was much thicker than the cutting edge thus creating a wedge type shape which was said to increase the weapons cutting capacity. Also… …   Medieval glossary

  • backsword — /bak sawrd , sohrd /, n. 1. a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword. 2. (formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions. 3. a backswordman. [1590 1600; BACK1 + SWORD] * * * …   Universalium

  • backsword — n. sword with one sharp edge; stick used instead of a sword for fencing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • backsword — back•sword [[t]ˈbækˌsɔrd, ˌsoʊrd[/t]] n. her a sword with one edge sharpened • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • backsword — /ˈbæksɔd/ (say baksawd) noun 1. a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword. 2. a cudgel with a basket hilt, used like a foil in fencing. –backswordsman, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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