sword

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A sword lying beside its scabbard.

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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, Norwegian sverd, 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 with a hilt, and usually a pommel and cross-guard, which is designed to stab, slash, and/or hack.
  2. (tarot) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
  3. (tarot) A card of this suit.
  4. (weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
  5. (heraldry) The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.

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Middle English[edit]

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From Old English sword, a Mercian form of sweord (which some forms are directly from); from Proto-Germanic *swerdą.

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sword (plural swordes or sworden)

  1. sword, sabre
  2. (figuratively) Military might or power.

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from Proto-Germanic *swerdą,

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sword n (nominative plural sword)

  1. (Mercian) a sword