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backsword

[ bak-sawrd, -sohrd ]
/ ˈbækˌsɔrd, -ˌsoʊrd /
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noun
a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword.
(formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions.
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Origin of backsword

First recorded in 1590–1600; back1 + sword
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How to use backsword in a sentence

  • My backsword play hath been thought well of by stout men of war.

    Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Backsword play: the game of single-stick, or fencing with cudgels.

    Tom Brown at Rugby|Thomas Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for backsword

backsword
/ (ˈbækˌsɔːd) /

noun
another name for broadsword
Also called: backswordsman a person who uses the backsword
a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
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