[sawrd, sohrd]
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.

before 900; Middle English; Old English sweord; cognate with Dutch zwaard, German Schwert, Old Norse sverth

swordless, adjective
swordlike, adjective
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sword (sɔːd)
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
5.  the sword
 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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sweord, from P.Gmc. *swerdan (cf. O.S., O.Fris. swerd, O.N. sverð, Swed. svärd, M.Du. swaert, Du. zwaard, O.H.G. swert, Ger. Schwert), related to O.H.G. sweran "to hurt," from *swertha-, lit. "the cutting weapon," from PIE base *swer- "to cut." Contrast with plowshare is from the O.T. (e.g.
Isaiah ii.4, Micah iv.3). Swordfish is first attested c.1400; swordplay is O.E. sweordplege. Phrase put (originally do) to the sword "kill, slaughter" is recorded from 1338.
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Bible Dictionary

Sword definition

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences for swords
Vorpal swords have later been used in many roleplaying games.
Powerful, yet inferior, copies of the swords of blood and fire.
The original swords from which the swords of night and day were copied.
If his feet knocked against the swords, he would be wounded in battle.
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