sword [ sɔrd ] noun count **
a weapon with a short handle and a long sharp blade
cross swords (with someone)
to disagree or argue with someone about something:
Once again, they are crossing swords over the issue of welfare reform.
a double-edged/two-edged sword
a situation with as many bad qualities or effects as good ones:
The increase in tourism has been a double-edged sword for island residents.
put someone to the sword LITERARY
to kill someone with a sword

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Sword — (s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv[ a]rd, Dan. sv[ae]rd; of uncertain origin.] 1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually sharp pointed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sword — ► NOUN 1) a weapon with a long metal blade and a hilt with a handguard, used for thrusting or striking. 2) (the sword) literary military power; violence. ● beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares Cf. ↑turn swords into ploughshares ● he who liv …   English terms dictionary

  • sword — [so:d US so:rd] n [: Old English; Origin: sweord] 1.) a weapon with a long pointed blade and a handle 2.) a/the sword of Damocles literary a bad thing that might happen at any time ▪ The treaty hung like a sword of Damocles over French politics.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • SWORD — est un jeu de rôle. Vous êtes dans la peau d un personnage et vous montez de niveau, il y a des combats, et c est à travers un monde imaginaire ou virtuel et fictif. Ce n est bien sur pas du 3D mais le remplissage est très bon sans compter les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sword — [sôrd] n. [ME < OE sweord, akin to Ger schwert, prob. < IE base * swer , to cut, pierce] 1. a hand weapon having a long, sharp pointed blade, usually with a sharp edge on one or both sides, set in a hilt; broadsword, rapier, saber, scimitar …   English World dictionary

  • sword — 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 root …   Etymology dictionary

  • sword|ed — «SR dihd, SOHR », adjective. armed with a sword …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sword — For other uses, see Sword (disambiguation) and Swords (disambiguation). Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century A sword is a bladed weapon (edged weapon) used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the… …   Wikipedia

  • sword — n. 1 a weapon usu. of metal with a long blade and hilt with a handguard, used esp. for thrusting or striking, and often worn as part of ceremonial dress. 2 (prec. by the) a war. b military power. Phrases and idioms: put to the sword kill, esp. in …   Useful english dictionary

  • sword — swordless, adj. swordlike, adj. /sawrd, sohrd/, n. 1. 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… …   Universalium

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