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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air;
[syn: sword dance, sword dancing]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sword \Sword\ (s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv[aum]rd, Dan. svaerd; of uncertain origin.] 1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is the general term, including the small sword, rapier, saber, scimiter, and many other varieties. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power. [1913 Webster] He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. --Rom. xiii. 4. [1913 Webster] She quits the balance, and resigns the sword. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension. [1913 Webster] I came not to send peace, but a sword. --Matt. x. 34. [1913 Webster] 4. The military power of a country. [1913 Webster] He hath no more authority over the sword than over the law. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. (Weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand loom is suspended. [1913 Webster] Sword arm, the right arm. Sword bayonet, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and which can be used as a sword. Sword bearer, one who carries his master's sword; an officer in London who carries a sword before the lord mayor when he goes abroad. Sword belt, a belt by which a sword is suspended, and borne at the side. Sword blade, the blade, or cutting part, of a sword. Sword cane, a cane which conceals the blade of a sword or dagger, as in a sheath. Sword dance. (a) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed together by the male dancers. --Sir W. Scott. (b) A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but without touching them. Sword fight, fencing; a combat or trial of skill with swords; swordplay. Sword grass. (Bot.) See Gladen. Sword knot, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword. Sword law, government by the sword, or by force; violence. --Milton. Sword lily. (Bot.) See Gladiolus. Sword mat (Naut.), a mat closely woven of yarns; -- so called from a wooden implement used in its manufacture. Sword shrimp (Zool.), a European shrimp (Pasiphaea sivado) having a very thin, compressed body. Sword stick, a sword cane. To measure swords with one. See under Measure, v. t. To put to the sword. See under Put. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sword dance n 1: any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air [syn: sword dance, sword dancing]