Sword-arm

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sword-arm the arm, hand, that wields the sword
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sweord; Ice. sverdh, Ger. schwert.

Usage

In literature:

Suddenly looking up, he saw before him seven men each armed with a spear, a shield, and a sword.
"Philippine Folk Tales" by Mabel Cook Cole
At the far end of the hall at either side of the portal stood two Highlanders, armed with drawn swords.
"The Thirsty Sword" by Robert Leighton
Then some of the men were armed with bills and short swords, and a few with bows.
"A Thane of Wessex" by Charles W. Whistler
I said to the officer who demanded my sword that I would rather give him my right arm.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
I will carve out mine own fortune with mine own good sword and mine own strong arm.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
They have no arms either of defence or offence, except very short swords of dead iron.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI" by Robert Kerr
Their arms are crooked swords, lances, bows and arrows, and targets.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
They were both clad in light defensive armour, such as could be worn on a rapid journey, and armed with sword and battle-axe.
"Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
Then they took my arms, wondering at the sword with its wondrous hilt.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
The officer parried the blow at the cost of a broken arm and drove his sword to the hilt into the giant's breast.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
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In poetry:

Helmet and armour disappeared
With sword and bow and pike,
And, when the smoke of battle cleared,
All men were armed alike. . . .
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Dress thee in arms, most mighty Lord,
Gird on the terror of thy sword,
In majesty and glory ride,
With truth and meekness at thy side.
"Psalm 45 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"To arms!" the battle bugles blew.
The daughter of their Earl was she,
Lord of a thousand swords and true;
He but a squire of low degree.
"The Epic" by Madison Julius Cawein
Hush'd were the throng, both limb and tongue,
And harpers for envy pale;
And arm'd lords lean'd on their swords,
And hearken'd to the tale.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
Farewell, O Arm of the Lord!
Man who hated the sword,
Yet struck and spared not the thing abhorred!
Farewell, O word of the Word!
Man who knew no failure
But the failure of the Lord!
"Failure" by George MacDonald
"Heard ye not the battle-horn?
—Reaper! leave thy golden corn!
Leave it for the birds of Heaven,
Swords must flash, and spears be riven!
Leave it for the winds to shed—
Arm! ere Britain's turf grow red!"
"The Bended Bow" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

To great fanfare last year, the Army deployed three machine gun-armed Sword ground robots to Iraq, promising they would see combat "soon".
In a scene from the recent movie "The Gladiator," a former Roman general finds himself in the Colosseum with a small band of men armed with swords and shields who are about to be sacrificed in a re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage.
Suspect Was Armed With Sword, Handgun, Operating Meth Lab.
Suspect Was Armed With Sword, Handgun , Operating Meth Lab.
Kansas City police are looking for a man who robbed a Church's Chicken restaurant Tuesday night armed with a samurai sword.
Police are now looking for a man who robbed a Church's Chicken restaurant in Kansas City on Tuesday night armed with a samurai sword, reports CBS affiliate KCTV.
Sword, bloody items recovered after attack that nearly severed man's arms.
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