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Definition: To measure swords with one
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Measured
; p. pr. & vb.
.] [F. mesurer, L. mensurare. See Measure
1. To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute
or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity
of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions
of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to
Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite
Thy power! what thought can measure thee? --Milton.
2. To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures
changes of temperature.
3. To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off
and determining the distance.
A true devoted pilgrim is not weary
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps. --Shak.
4. To adjust by a rule or standard.
To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires
by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires.
5. To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by
measure; -- often with out or off.
With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
you again. --Matt. vii.
That portion of eternity which is called time,
measured out by the sun. --Addison.
To measure swords with one
, to try another's skill in the
use of the sword; hence, figuratively, to match one's
abilities against an antagonist's.
(s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to
OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G.
schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv["a]rd, Dan. sv[ae]rd; of
1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually
sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is
the general term, including the small sword, rapier,
saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.
2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or
of authority and power.
He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain. --Rom.
She quits the balance, and resigns the sword.
3. Destruction by the sword, or in battle; war; dissension.
I came not to send peace, but a sword. --Matt. x.
4. The military power of a country.
He hath no more authority over the sword than over
the law. --Milton.
5. (Weaving) One of the end bars by which the lay of a hand
loom is suspended.
, the right arm.
, a bayonet shaped somewhat like a sword, and
which can be used as a sword.
, one who carries his master's sword; an
officer in London who carries a sword before the lord
mayor when he goes abroad.
, a belt by which a sword is suspended, and borne
at the side.
, the blade, or cutting part, of a sword.
, a cane which conceals the blade of a sword or
dagger, as in a sheath.
(a) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed
together by the male dancers. --Sir W. Scott.
(b) A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but
without touching them.
, fencing; a combat or trial of skill with
. (Bot.) See Gladen
, a ribbon tied to the hilt of a sword.
, government by the sword, or by force; violence.
. (Bot.) See Gladiolus
(Naut.), a mat closely woven of yarns; -- so
called from a wooden implement used in its manufacture.
(Zo["o]l.), a European shrimp (Pasiph[ae]a sivado
) having a very thin, compressed body.
, a sword cane.
To measure swords with one
. See under Measure
, v. t.
To put to the sword
. See under Put