sword

A sword is a weapon with a long, sharp, metal blade. If you want to dress up as a knight for Halloween, you'll definitely need a sword — and maybe a suit of armor.

Swords evolved from daggers, which, like knives, have two sharp edges instead of just one. Some time during the Bronze Age, daggers became longer and longer, eventually being classified as swords. These long, sharp weapons were used by soldiers on battlefields, and for self-defense and dueling. Sword can be traced back to a Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to cut or pierce."

Definitions of sword
  1. noun
    a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
    synonyms: blade, brand, steel
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    examples:
    Excalibur
    the legendary sword of King Arthur
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    backsword
    a sword with only one cutting edge
    broadsword
    a sword with a broad blade and (usually) two cutting edges; used to cut rather than stab
    cavalry sword, saber, sabre
    a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
    cutlas, cutlass
    a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
    falchion
    a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
    fencing sword
    a sword used in the sport of fencing
    rapier, tuck
    a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
    claymore
    a large double-edged broadsword; formerly used by Scottish Highlanders
    epee
    a fencing sword similar to a foil but with a heavier blade
    foil
    a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
    saber, sabre
    a fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle
    scimitar
    a curved oriental saber; the edge is on the convex side of the blade
    type of:
    arm, weapon, weapon system
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
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