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Meaning of SWORD

Pronunciation:  sowrd

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade

SWORD is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blade, brand, steel
 See Also: arm, backsword, broadsword, cavalry sword, cutlas, cutlass, Excalibur, falchion, fencing sword, foible, forte, haft, helve, hilt, peak, point, rapier, saber, sabre, tip, weapon, weapon system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sword\, n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd,
swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel.
sver?, Sw. sv["a]rd, Dan. sv[ae]rd; of uncertain origin.]
1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually
   sharp?pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is
   the general term, including the small sword, rapier,
   saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.

2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or
   of authority and power.

         He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. --Rom.
                                               xiii. 4.

         She quits the balance, and resigns the sword.

3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension.

         I came not to send peace, but a sword. --Matt. x.

4. The military power of a country.

         He hath no more authority over the sword than over
         the law.                              --Milton.

5. (Weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand
   loom is suspended.

{Sword arm}, the right arm.

{Sword bayonet}, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and
   which can be used as a sword.

{Sword bearer}, one who carries his master's sword; an
   officer in London who carries a sword before the lord
   mayor when he goes abroad.

{Sword belt}, a belt by which a sword is suspended, and borne
   at the side.

{Sword blade}, the blade, or cutting part, of a sword.

{Sword cane}, a cane which conceals the blade of a sword or
   dagger, as in a sheath.

{Sword dance}.
   (a) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed
       together by the male dancers. --Sir W. Scott.
   (b) A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but
       without touching them.

{Sword fight}, fencing; a combat or trial of skill with
   swords; swordplay.

{Sword grass}. (Bot.) See {Gladen}.

{Sword knot}, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword.

{Sword law}, government by the sword, or by force; violence.

{Sword lily}. (Bot.) See {Gladiolus}.

{Sword mat} (Naut.), a mat closely woven of yarns; -- so
   called from a wooden implement used in its manufacture.

{Sword shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a European shrimp ({Pasiph[ae]a
   sivado}) having a very thin, compressed body.

{Sword stick}, a sword cane.

{To measure swords with one}. See under {Measure}, v. t.

{To put to the sword}. See under {Put}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are wielding a sword, represents your ambition, competitive nature decisiveness and will power.. You seek to hold a position of prestige, authority, and distinction. Alternatively, the sword can be seen as a phallic symbol and thus represent masculine power.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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).