sword

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a sword

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From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (sword), from Proto-Germanic *swerdą (sword), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂w- (sharp). Cognate with Scots swerd, sword (sword), North Frisian swird (sword), West Frisian swurd (sword), Dutch zwaard (sword), Low German Sweerd, Schwert (sword), German Schwert (sword), Danish sværd, Swedish svärd (sword), Icelandic sverð (sword), Old East Slavic свьрдьлъ (svĭrdĭlŭ, drill).

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sword (plural swords)

  1. (weaponry) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, hew, or slice and cut.
  2. Someone paid to handle a sword.
  3. (tarot) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
  4. (tarot) A card of this suit.
  5. (weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
  6. (heraldry) The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.

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