- 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 handle.
- this weapon as the symbol of military power, punitive justice, authority, etc.: The pen is mightier than the sword.
- a cause of death or destruction.
- war, combat, slaughter, or violence, especially military force or aggression: to perish by the sword.
- (initial capital letter) Military. the code name for one of the five D-Day invasion beaches on France's Normandy coast, assaulted by British forces.
- at swords' points, mutually antagonistic or hostile; opposed: Father and son are constantly at swords' point.
- cross swords,
- to engage in combat; fight.
- to disagree violently; argue: The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
- put to the sword, to slay; execute: The entire population of the town was put to the sword.
Origin of sword
Related Words for swordweapon, blade, dagger, saber, brand, bill, foil, cutlass, rapier, epee, scimitar, hanger, sabre, broadsword, kris, creese, claymore, falchion, backsword, toledo
Examples from the Web for sword
Contemporary Examples of sword
But then the sword is miraculously returned to him, and he girds for battle once again.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Jonathan Gruber, the economist who helped design Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act, falls on his sword before Congress.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
Unlike all the trailers and screen shots for the movie, in the Bible Moses never holds a sword or wears armor.
Joshua puts to the sword women, infants, and animals at Jericho.
At Towton Field, on 29th March, 1461, 33,000 men perished by the sword and were buried there.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of sword
The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross.
The one next to it is a sword of the same period, only used by a meaner person.Viviette
William J. Locke
They were performed by those who could better wield the sword than the pen.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
In Domesday it is spelt 'Flaneburg,' and flane is the Norse for an arrow or sword.Yorkshire Painted And Described
I've read of precious stones in the hilt of a pirate's sword!Weighed and Wanting
- a thrusting, striking, or cutting weapon with a long blade having one or two cutting edges, a hilt, and usually a crosspiece or guard
- such a weapon worn on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of authority
- something resembling a sword, such as the snout of a swordfish
- cross swords to argue or fight
- the sword
- violence or power, esp military power
- death; destructionto put to the sword
Word Origin for sword
Old English sweord, from Proto-Germanic *swerdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian swerd, Old Norse sverð, Swedish svärd, Middle Dutch swaert, Dutch zwaard, Old High German swert, German Schwert), related to Old High German sweran "to hurt," from *swertha-, literally "the cutting weapon," from PIE root *swer- (3) "to cut, pierce." Contrast with plowshare is from the Old Testament (e.g. Isaiah ii:4, Micah iv:3). Phrase put (originally do) to the sword "kill, slaughter" is recorded from mid-14c.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sword
- sword of Damocles
- at sword's point
- cross swords