- swerd (obsolete)
From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord (“sword”), from Proto-Germanic *swerdą (“sword”), from Proto-Indo-European *swr̥dʰom (“sword”), from Proto-Indo-European *swer- (“to cut, pierce, fester”). Cognate with Scots swerd, sword (“sword”), North Frisian swird (“sword”), West Frisian swurd (“sword”), Dutch zwaard (“sword”), Low German Sweerd, Schwert (“sword”), German Schwert (“sword”), Danish sværd, Swedish svärd (“sword”), Icelandic sverð (“sword”), Old East Slavic свьрдьлъ (svĭrdĭlŭ, “drill”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /sɔɹd/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sɔːd/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /so(ː)ɹd/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /soəd/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d
- Homophone: soared; sawed (non-rhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)
sword (plural swords)
- (weaponry) A long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, hew, or slice and cut.
- Someone paid to handle a sword.
- (tarot) A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
- (tarot) A card of this suit.
- (weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
- (heraldry) The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.
- (weaponry): bayonet, claymore, cutlass, epee, épée, falchion, foil, katana, knife, machete, rapier, sabre, saber, scimitar, vorpal, yataghan, yatagan