Definitions of sword

  1. a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The military power of a country. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A long, keen-edged, sharp-pointed offensive weapon with one or two cutting edges; the symbol of justice, vengeance, or war. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. An offensive weapon with a long blade, sharp upon one or both edges, for cutting or thrusting: destruction by the sword or by war: war: the emblem of vengeance or justice, or of authority and power. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A weapon for cutting or thrusting; destruction by war; war. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A long blade fixed in a hilt, as a weapon; military power. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A sharp-edged offensive weapon used either for thrusting or cutting; destruction by war; an emblem of vengeance or justice, authority and power; war; dissension; an emblem of triumph and protection. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A warlike weapon made of steel, consisting of a long knife-like blade, one side being a sharp cutting edge, and having a handle at one end-used as a weapon for stabbing and cutting; destruction by war; vengeance or justice; emblem of power or of triumph. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. of the Hebrew was pointed, sometimes two-edged, was worn in a sheath, and suspended from the girdle ( Exodus 32:27 ; 1 Samuel 31:4 ; 1 Chronicles 21:27 ; Psalms 149:6 : Proverbs 5:4 ; Ezekiel 16:40 ; 21:3-5 ). It is a symbol of divine chastisement ( Deuteronomy 32:25 ; Psalms 7:12 ; 78:62 ), and of a slanderous tongue ( Psalms 57:4 ; 64:3 ; Proverbs 12:18 ). The word of God is likened also to a sword ( Hebrews 4:12 ; Ephesians 6:17 ; Revelation 1:16 ). Gideon's watchword was, "The sword of the Lord" ( Judges 7:20 ). biblestudytools.com
  14. s[=o]rd, n. an offensive weapon with a long blade, sharp upon one or both edges, for cutting or thrusting: destruction by the sword or by war, war, military force: the emblem of vengeance or justice, or of authority and power.--adj. SWORD'-AND-BUCK'LER, fought with sword and buckler, not the rapier: armed with sword and buckler.--ns. SWORD'-ARM, -HAND, the arm, hand, that wields the sword; SWORD'-BAY'ONET, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and used as one; SWORD'-BEAR'ER, a public officer who carries the sword of state; SWORD'-BELT, a military belt from which the sword is hung; SWORD'BILL, a South American humming-bird with a bill longer than its body; SWORD'-BREAK'ER, an old weapon for grasping and breaking an adversary's sword; SWORD'-CANE, -STICK, a cane or stick containing a sword; SWORD'CRAFT, skill with the sword; military power; SWORD'-CUT, a blow, wound, or scar caused by the edge of a sword; SWORD'-DANCE, a dance in which the display of naked swords, or movements made with such, form a part; SWORD'-DOLL'AR, a Scotch silver coin under James VI., worth 2s. 6d. in English money, having a sword on the reverse; SWORD'ER (Shak.), a swordsman; SWORD'FISH, a family of spiny-rayed Teleostean fishes, sometimes 12 to 15 feet in length, with a sword about 3 feet long, formed from a compressed prolongation of the upper jaw; SWORD'-FLAG, the European water-flag or yellow iris; SWORD'-GRASS, a kind of sedge; SWORD'-GUARD, the part of a sword-hilt that protects the bearer's hand; SWORD'-KNOT, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword; SWORD'-LAW, government by the sword.--adj. SWORD'LESS, destitute of a sword.--ns. SWORD'PLAY, fencing; SWORD'PLAYER, a fencer.--adj. SWORD'-PROOF, capable of resisting the blow or thrust of a sword.--n. SWORD'-RACK, a rack for holding swords.--adj. SWORD'-SHAPED, ensiform.--ns. SWORDS'MAN, a man skilled in the use of a sword; SWORDS'MANSHIP. [A.S. sweord; Ice. sverdh, Ger. schwert.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Offensive weapon consisting of long variously shaped blade for cutting or thrusting or both& hilt with hand-guard (BROADs.; cavalry s., sabre; court, dress, s., worn with court-dress; double-edged, two-handed, &c., s.; duelling, small, -s., kind with straight edgeless blade of triangular section used for thrusting only; SCUTCHING-s.; s. of State, borne before sovereign on State occasions; the s. of the spirit, the word of God; cross or measure ss., have fight or controversy or open rivalry, often with; draw, sheathe, the s., begin, cease from, war; throw one\'s s. into the scale, back claim &c. with arms; put to the s., kill, esp. of victors or captors; fire& s., rapine, destruction spread by invading army; the s. of justice, judicial authority; the s., war, the arbitrament of war, military power, sovereign power); s.-arm, right; s.-bayonet, kind with short s.-blade& hilt; s.-bearer, person carrying sovereign\'s or other great person\'s s. on some occasions; s.-belt. to which scabbard is attached; s.-bill, long-billed humming-bird; s.-cane, hollow walking-stick enclosing s.-blade; s.-cut, wound given with s.-edge, scar left by it; s.-dance, in which ss. are brandished, or women pass under men\'s crossed ss., or performer treads about ss. laid on ground; s.-fish, large Atlantic& Mediterranean kind with upper jaw elongated into sharp weapon capable of piercing other fish or ship\'s timbers; s.-flag, esp. yellow iris; s.-flighted of birds, having flight-feathers of separate colour& looking when closed like s. worn at side; s.-grass, gladiolus, kinds of sedge with s.-like leaves; s.-guard, part of s.-hilt that protects hand; s.-hand, right; s.-knot, ribbon or tassel attached to s.-hilt orig. for securing it to wrist; s.-law, military domination; s.-lily, gladiolus; s.-play, fencing, (fig.) repartee, cut-&-thrust argument; swordsman, person of (usu. specified) skill with s., whence swordsmanship (3) n.; s.-stick, s.-cane. Hence (-)sworded, swordless, swordlike, swordproof, aa. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [Anglo-Saxon] An offensive weapon having a long, strong, and usually sharp-pointed blade, for cutting or thrusting :-hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power;- destruction in battle;- the military power of a country ;--dissension ; strife. Cabinet Dictionary

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