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King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur.
Lloyd Alexander

Meaning of "sword" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SWORD

Old English sweord; related to Old Saxon swerd, Old Norse sverth, Old High German swert.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SWORD

sword  [sɔːd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SWORD

noun
adjective
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conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sword is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SWORD MEAN IN ENGLISH?

sword

Sword

A sword is a weapon used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. A sword in the most narrow sense consists of a straight blade with two edges and a hilt. However, in nearly every case, the term may also be used to refer to weapons with a single edge. The word sword comes from the Old English sweord, cognate to swert, Old Norse sverð, from a Proto-Indo-European root *swer- "to wound, to cut". Non-European weapons called "sword" include single-edged weapons such as the Middle Eastern saif, the Chinese dao and the related Japanese katana. The Chinese jian is an example of a non-European double-edged sword, like the European models derived from the double-edged Iron Age sword. Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger; the earliest specimens date to ca. 1600 BC. The Iron Age sword remained fairly short and without a crossguard.

Definition of sword in the English dictionary

The first definition of sword in the dictionary is a thrusting, striking, or cutting weapon with a long blade having one or two cutting edges, a hilt, and usually a crosspiece or guard. Other definition of sword is such a weapon worn on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of authority. Sword is also something resembling a sword, such as the snout of a swordfish.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SWORD


abord
əˈbɔːd
abroad
əˈbrɔːd
accord
əˈkɔːd
afford
əˈfɔːd
award
əˈwɔːd
billboard
ˈbɪlˌbɔːd
board
bɔːd
bored
bɔːd
broad
brɔːd
Claude
klɔːd
cord
kɔːd
dashboard
ˈdæʃˌbɔːd
ford
fɔːd
fraud
frɔːd
keyboard
ˈkiːˌbɔːd
leaderboard
ˈliːdəˌbɔːd
lord
lɔːd
record
ˈrɛkɔːd
reward
rɪˈwɔːd
ward
wɔːd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SWORD

swopping
sword and sorcery
sword arm
sword bayonet
sword belt
sword cane
sword dance
sword dancer
sword dancing
sword fern
sword fight
sword grass
sword knot
sword lily
Sword of Damocles
sword-point
sword-swallower
swordbearer
swordbill
swordcraft

WORDS THAT END LIKE SWORD

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password
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the last word
the n-word
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the word
word
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Synonyms and antonyms of sword in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SWORD»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sword» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sword

Translation of «sword» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SWORD

Find out the translation of sword to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sword from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sword» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

espada
570 millions of speakers

English

sword
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

तलवार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سَيْف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

меч
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

espada
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তরবারি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

épée
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pedang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schwert
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pedhang
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thanh kiếm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வாள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तलवार
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kılıç
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

spada
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

miecz
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

меч
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

sabie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σπαθί
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

swaard
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svärd
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sverd
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sword

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SWORD»

The term «sword» is very widely used and occupies the 7.693 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SWORD» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sword

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10 QUOTES WITH «SWORD»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sword.
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Lynn Abbey
It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery; I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.
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Scott Adkins
My weapon of choice is the nunchuck. I do like the bo as well, which I use, the staff. I'm not so good with the sword, but I picked a lot of stuff up on 'Ninja 1' with the sword.
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Akhenaton
Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.
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Lloyd Alexander
King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur.
5
Sholem Asch
The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers for ever!
6
Linden Ashby
Why are people always shooting zombies? Why not just chop their heads off? How can zombies get you if you have a good sword?
7
Neal Asher
Moorcock's interlinked 'Eternal Champion' series is a constant source of enjoyment. Of its tragic hero incarnations, my favourite is 'Elric of Melnibone,' and the best book has to be 'Stormbringer.' And as for that other sword, Excalibur? Pah! Use it to spread your butter.
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Kevin Bacon
Fame is very much a double-edged sword.
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Ben Barnes
Sword fighting is just as fun as it looks on the screen.
10
Stephen Bayley
In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SWORD»

Discover the use of sword in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sword and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Book and The Sword: A Martial Arts Novel
This novel deals with the legend that the great 18th century Manchu Emperor Qianlong was in fact not a Manchu but a Han Chinese descended, as a result of a baby swap, from the Chens of Haining in Southern China.
Yong Jin, Rachel May, John Minford, 2004
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In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and ...
Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about.
Tom Holland, 2012
3
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews
Examines the two-thousand-year relationship between Christianity and Judaism, examining the long entrenched tradition of anti-Semitism that culminated in the Church's failure to protest the Holocaust during World War II.
James Carroll, 2002
4
Plough, Sword, and Book: The Structure of Human History
Elucidates and argues for the author's concept of human history from the past to the present
Ernest Gellner, 1992
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The Encyclopedia of the Sword
Yet, until the publication of this encyclopedia there has never been a comprehensive volume on the subject of the sword.
Nick Evangelista, 1995
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The Craft of the Japanese Sword
From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan.
Leon Kapp, 1987
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Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Told from the Japanese perspective, using largely Japanese sources, this volume represents the first substantive contribution to the West's understanding of Midway in more than a generation.
Jonathan B. Parshall, Anthony P. Tully, 2005
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The Samurai Sword: A Handbook
Explores the origins and development of the famous samurai sword as a work of art and a weapon and discusses its identification, evaluation, and care
John M. Yumoto, 1958
9
The Blue Sword
This is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad- sol, King's Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle.
Robin McKinley, 2007
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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.
Ruth Benedict, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SWORD»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sword is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake in Development With …
Continuing their strategy of reimagining animated classics into live-action movies, Disney is developing a “Sword in the Stone” movie with “Game of Thrones” ... «Variety, Jul 15»
2
Not so knightly: Man tries to steal sword at Renaissance festival …
A man crashed the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur and attempted to steal a sword, but a medieval wench came to the rescue and prevented him ... «The Denver Channel, Jul 15»
3
Arrow: “This Is Your Sword
Wasting the solid work done by “Al Sah-him” to convince viewers Ollie wasn't home anymore, “This Is Your Sword” quickly reestablishes its protagonist's heroic ... «A.V. Club Milwaukee, May 15»
4
Husband, Wife Wounded With Sword In Hookah Lounge Stabbing
WEST HARTFORD — A husband and wife were seriously injured when they were stabbed with a sword early Wednesday at a hookah lounge on Park Road, ... «Hartford Courant, Apr 15»
5
Polish Prince Challenges a British Politician to a Sword Fight
Police prince Yanek Zylinski posted a video to YouTube over the weekend challenging U.K. politician Nigel Farage to a sword fight in London's Hyde Park. «People Magazine, Apr 15»
6
Ed Sheeran Receives a 'Game of Thrones' Sword and Freaks Out …
The British singer/songwriter acted like a kid on Christmas morning after he was gifted with a Game of Thrones sword during an appearance on The Hits ... «Billboard, Apr 15»
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Suspect in sword attack, officer-involved shooting identified
Kimbrell was instructed several times to put the sword down but failed to comply. When Deputy Matt Ray approached Kimbrell, Kimbrell struck him with the ... «Pensacola News Journal, Apr 15»
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Father, 52, arrested for carrying sword inside his cane to visit inmate …
Jose Gonzalez, 52, was arrested March 2, 2014, when he tried to smuggle a sword cane in Bexar County Jail to visit his son, currently an inmate at the jail. «mySanAntonio.com, Mar 15»
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MSU's Craig Sword 'can't get over' loss to Ole Miss
Sword's rally came after the Rebels opened their second-half lead to eight points. Trivante Bloodman stopped the bleeding with a bucket and a foul before ... «Jackson Clarion Ledger, Feb 15»
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Prosecutors hold off on charging ex-Power Ranger in sword killing
Los Angeles County prosecutors are holding off on a decision to charge a former "Power Rangers" actor in the fatal stabbing of his roommate with a sword, ... «Los Angeles Times, Feb 15»

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