|1.||a thrusting, striking, or cutting weapon with a long blade having one or two cutting edges, a hilt, and usually a crosspiece or guard|
|2.||such a weapon worn on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of authority|
|3.||something resembling a sword, such as the snout of a swordfish|
|4.||cross swords to argue or fight|
|a. violence or power, esp military power|
|b. death; destruction: to put to the sword|
|[Old English sweord; related to Old Saxon swerd, Old Norse sverth, Old High German swert]|
of the Hebrew was pointed, sometimes two-edged, was worn in a sheath, and suspended from the girdle (Ex. 32:27; 1 Sam. 31:4; 1 Chr. 21:27; Ps. 149:6: Prov. 5:4; Ezek. 16:40; 21:3-5). It is a symbol of divine chastisement (Deut. 32:25; Ps. 7:12; 78:62), and of a slanderous tongue (Ps. 57:4; 64:3; Prov. 12:18). The word of God is likened also to a sword (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17; Rev. 1:16). Gideon's watchword was, "The sword of the Lord" (Judg. 7:20).