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Definition of SWORD

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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[aum]rd, Dan. svaerd; 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.
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              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.

     {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} (Zool.), a European shrimp ({Pasiphaea 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "sword":
     Excalibur, ax, battler, belligerent, belted knight, bickerer, bilbo, blade, bravo, brawler, broadsword, bully, bullyboy, claymore, cold steel, combatant, competitor, contender, contestant, cutlass, cutlery, cutter, dagger, disputant, duelist, edge tools, enforcer, epee, falchion, fencer, feuder, fighter, fighting cock, foil, foilsman, gamecock, gladiator, glaive, goon, gorilla, hatchet man, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, jouster, knife, knight, militant, naked steel, pigsticker, plug-ugly, point, puncturer, quarreler, rapier, rioter, rival, rough, rowdy, ruffian, saber, sabreur, scimitar, scrapper, scuffler, sharpener, squabbler, steel, strong arm, strong-arm man, strong-armer, struggler, swashbuckler, swordplayer, swordsman, thug, tilter, toad sticker, tough, trusty sword, tuck, tussler, whittle, wrangler

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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