• (America) IPA: /sɔɹd/
  • (RP) IPA: /sɔːd/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /so(ː)ɹd/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /soəd/

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.
    • 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. (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. (heraldiccharge) The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.
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