- to engage in combat; fight.
- to disagree violently; argue: The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
Origin of sword
Related formssword·less, adjectivesword·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for sword
But then the sword is miraculously returned to him, and he girds for battle once again.
Jonathan Gruber, the economist who helped design Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act, falls on his sword before Congress.
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|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She spied the sword, picked it up, and seeing the blood, let it fall again with her hands thrown wide.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
And the burning wood hissed in the eye, just as the red-hot iron hisses in the water when a man seeks to temper steel for a sword.Myths and Legends of All Nations|Various
Roland sprang into it, a pistol in one hand, his sword in the other.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
David did much better with his sling than he would have done with Saul's sword and spear.How To Do It|Edward Everett Hale
He added no more; but took his hat and sword, and went out of the room.The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless|Eliza Haywood
British Dictionary definitions for sword
- violence or power, esp military power
- death; destructionto put to the sword
Derived Formsswordless, adjectiveswordlike, adjective
Word Origin for sword
Idioms and Phrases with sword
In addition to the idiom beginning with sword
- sword of Damocles
- at sword's point
- cross swords