American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short, broad sword with a convex cutting edge and a sharp point, used in medieval times.
- n. Archaic A sword.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short, broad sword having a convex edge curving sharply to the point; loosely, as in poetry, any sword. In the proper sense, falchions were of two sorts: With the back straight and the sharpened edge rounded gradually as far as the greatest width, which is about three fourths of the length of the blade from the hilt, and thence sharply curved to the point
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A broad-bladed sword, slightly curved, shorter and lighter than the ordinary sword; -- used in the Middle Ages.
- n. A name given generally and poetically to a sword, especially to the swords of Oriental and fabled warriors.
- n. a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
- From Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon (cognate with Italian falcione), from Vulgar Latin *falciōnem, from Latin falx (stem: falc-, “sickle”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falciō, falciōn-, from Latin falx, falc-, sickle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The blacksmith made it into a blade three feet long by two spans broad, a kind of falchion or chopper, cased it with gold and called it Dhámi (the "Trenchant") from its sharpness.”
“a kind of falchion or chopper, cased it with gold and called it”
“We decided it would be cool to test a sword I had (a falchion, actually), so we heaved the fish onto the front yard and with a ear piercing Kiai I bisected the fish with the sword.”
“The pigs dined well that night and I can say that while I have yet to catch one on rod and reel in the water, I have "hunted" one on land with a falchion!”
“His +3 Keen Longsword and +2 frost shortsword are as expensive as a single +5 weapon (for example a +1 holy shocking greatsword of wounding or a +1 keen falchion of speed).”
“He turned his face away from the hideous stench and saw his falchion leaning on the hearth, just out of reach…”
“A long, broad, straight-shaped, double-edged falchion, with a handle formed like a cross, corresponded with a stout poniard on the other side.”
“Towards the middle of the plain, there lay the bodies of several men who had fallen in the very act of grappling with the enemy; and there were seen countenances which still bore the stern expression of unextinguishable hate and defiance, hands which clasped the hilt of the broken falchion, or strove in vain to pluck the deadly arrow from the wound.”
“Scotland — combed his long curled hair — disposed his chain and medal round a beaver hat of the newest block; and with the gay falchion which had reached him in so mysterious a manner, hung by his side in an embroidered belt, his apparel, added to his natural frank mien and handsome figure, formed a most commendable and pleasing specimen of the young gallant of the period.”
“In the same manner, he proved satisfactorily, that the word sword comprehended all descriptions, whether backsword or basket-hilt, cut-and-thrust or rapier, falchion, or scimitar.”
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