sword: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sôrd, sōrd), [key]
- 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 handle.
- this weapon as the symbol of military power, punitive justice, authority, etc.: The pen is mightier than the sword.
- a cause of death or destruction.
- war, combat, slaughter, or violence, esp. military force or aggression: to perish by the sword.
- (cap.)the code name for one of the five D-Day invasion beaches on France's Normandy coast, assaulted by British forces.
- mutually antagonistic or hostile; opposed: Father and son are constantly at swords' point.
- The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
- to engage in combat; fight.
- to disagree violently; argue:The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
- to slay; execute: The entire population of the town was put to the sword.
- sword (Thesaurus)