Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sword with a wide, usually two-edged blade that is designed for slashing rather than thrusting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of sword, usually a longsword, that has a broad cutting blade that does blunt damage as well as cutting damage. They were the pinnacle of medieval European sword technology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sword with a broad blade and a cutting edge; a claymore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sword with a broad blade, as distinguished from one with a narrow blade or from a three-sided thrusting-sword; a sword of which the edge as well as the point is used.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sword with a broad blade and (usually) two cutting edges; used to cut rather than stab

Etymologies

From broad +‎ sword (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You ask me for my right to examine you, sir (to Henry); my cockade and my broadsword are my commission, and a better one than ever

    Old Mortality

  • His broadsword was a heavy weapon, but he made it sing in interlocked figure eights about his head and to either side.

    Conan The Invincible

  • For the broadsword, which is always swung in an arc and never employed in stabbing, they say: “The sword seeks the breath line,” which means to them the neck, and thereby the cutting off of the head from the body.

    Eaters Of The Dead

  • When he went upstairs and closed the door to his room, the initial vampire PC was standing behind it with bared broadsword.

    PC on PC Violence « Geek Related

  • The muscular bronze statue of King Afonso brandishing a broadsword outside his 10th-century fortress is a fitting place to start a stroll through the city.

    Within Portugal's Cradle

  • Skewering with swords and spears seems like small potatoes when Marshall can wield his broadsword and cut a man in half - from top to bottom, not side to side.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Ironclad

  • I am surprised that the fellow on the subway worked up the gumption to pitch on his book, despite your broadsword and fearsome skull-helmet.

    Stuff We Did This Weekend; Or, Our Life Is Queries

  • This problem is even more pronounced in epic fantasy were the barbarian hero can't swing a two-handed broadsword without hitting an ancient prophecy, a royal heir in hiding, orcs, elves or an epic quest to complete.

    SF Fanatic: I Am Not A Fan Of Fantasy, Here's Why

  • When comments along the lines of Kelvin MacKenzie's are made at work, I find myself wanting to grab a broadsword and yell things about freedom.

    skittledog: Oh, the rich. How they mock you.

  • Both much prefer to damage opposition defences by putting their head down and charging straight at them rather than flipping the ball to the fly-boys on the wings, and they proved that the broadsword can be just as effective as the rapier.

    Jonny Wilkinson primes England blunderbuss to blast Irish hopes | John Harrington

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