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), from Proto-Indo-European *swr̥dʰom ‎(sword), from Proto-Indo-European *swer- ‎(to cut, pierce, fester). 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.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, Act II, Scene II, line 59.
      Unsheathe your sword and dub him presently.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 49.
      Some swords were also made solely to thrust, and some only to cut; others were equally adapted for both.
  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.

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