Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Half the length of a sword; close fight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Half a sword's length.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • One particularly ugly half-sword looked more like a double scythe.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • ” But, undismayed, the hero inserted the wounded stump into the shield, and drawing with his left hand a Hunnish half-sword girt to his right side, he struck at Hagen so fiercely that he bereft him of his right eye, cutting deep into the temple and lips and striking out six of his teeth.

    Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

  • Nímchah, a "half-sword," a long dagger worn in the belt.

    Arabian nights. English

  • During that day they had found the road in several places choked up with underwood, and Guapo had to clear it with his _machete_ -- a sort of half-sword, half-knife, used throughout all Spanish America, partly to cut brushwood and partly as a weapon of defence.

    The Forest Exiles The Perils of a Peruvian Family in the Wilds of the Amazon

  • The tigrero usually depends upon fire-arms for destroying his noble game; but where his shot fails, and it is necessary to come to close quarters, he will even attack the jaguar with his _machete_ -- a species of half-knife half-sword, to be found in every Spanish-American cottage from California to Chili.

    Bruin The Grand Bear Hunt

  • During that day they had found the road in several places choked up with underwood, and Guapo had to clear it with his _macheté_ -- a sort of half-sword, half-knife, used throughout all Spanish America, partly to cut brushwood and partly as a weapon of defence.

    Popular Adventure Tales

  • I am a rogue if I were not at half-sword with a dozen of them two hours together.

    The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant

  • I am a rogue, if I were not at half-sword with a dozen of them two hours together.

    The First Part of King Henry IV

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