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  • n. A small sword

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light sword used for thrusting only; especially, the sword worn by civilians of rank in the eighteenth century.


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  • During the 17th and 18th centuries, the shorter “smallsword” became an essential fashion accessory in European countries and the New World, and most wealthy men and military officers carried one.

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  • Slightly chastened by this episode, I accepted without argument the men's judgment that even the lighter smallsword was too heavy for me to wield efficiently.

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  • I had a smallsword, but the panther was on me before I had time to draw it.


  • From these, in a narrow and a dirty street devoted to such callings, Mr Wegg selects one dark shop-window with a tallow candle dimly burning in it, surrounded by a muddle of objects vaguely resembling pieces of leather and dry stick, but among which nothing is resolvable into anything distinct, save the candle itself in its old tin candlestick, and two preserved frogs fighting a smallsword duel.

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  • Both gifted swordsmen, and both left-handed, uncle and nephew were putting on a skilled display-a show made more impressive by the fact that they were fighting in accordance with the most exacting rules of French dueling, but using neither the rapier-like smallsword that formed part of a gentleman's costume, nor the saber of a soldier.

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  • My mind went blank, then blazed with the reassuring vision of his smallsword, hung by its belt from a hook on the wardrobe, sun glowing on the enameled hilt.

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  • As was, rage sharpened my wit to serve for the smallsword I left at home.

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  • Malone already had his hand on the butt of the .44 Magnum under his left armpit, and he even had time to be grateful, for once, that it wasn't a smallsword.

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  • Mr. Allen was a man of good height and broad shoulders, with piercing black eyes, reminding one more of the smallsword than aught else I can think of.

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  • Fanning narrates: "But the latter [Jones], perhaps not thinking it prudent to expose himself with a single combatant, who was a complete master of the smallsword, declined."

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