A sword lying beside its scabbard.



  • A long-bladed weapon device with a grip- a hilt (a pommel and cross guard), which is designed to cut, stab, slash and/or hack.
  • A suit in the minor arcana in tarot.
  • A card of this suit.
  • One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended.
  • The weapon, often used as a heraldic charge.


  • To stab or cut with a sword


  • From Middle English sword, swerd, from Old English sweord ("sword"), from Proto-West Germanic *swerd, from Proto-Germanic *swerdą ("sword"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂w- ("sharp"). Cognate with Scots swuird, swerd, sword, North Frisian swird ("sword"), West Frisian swurd ("sword"), Dutch zwaard ("sword"), Low German Sweerd, Schwert, German Schwert ("sword"), Danish sværd, Norwegian sverd, Swedish svärd ("sword"), Icelandic sverð ("sword"), Old East Slavic свьрдьлъ ("drill").

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