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Definition: To put to the sword
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Put
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to
put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke,
thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v.
1. To move in any direction; to impel; to thrust; to push; --
nearly obsolete, except with adverbs, as with by (to put
by = to thrust aside; to divert); or with forth (to put
forth = to thrust out).
His chief designs are . . . to put thee by from thy
spiritual employment. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To bring to a position or place; to place; to lay; to set;
figuratively, to cause to be or exist in a specified
relation, condition, or the like; to bring to a stated
mental or moral condition; as, to put one in fear; to put
a theory in practice; to put an enemy to fight.
This present dignity,
In which that I have put you. --Chaucer.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman. --Gen.
He put no trust in his servants. --Job iv. 18.
When God into the hands of their deliverer
Puts invincible might. --Milton.
In the mean time other measures were put in
3. To attach or attribute; to assign; as, to put a wrong
construction on an act or expression.
4. To lay down; to give up; to surrender. [Obs.]
No man hath more love than this, that a man put his
life for his friends. --Wyclif (John
5. To set before one for judgment, acceptance, or rejection;
to bring to the attention; to offer; to state; to express;
figuratively, to assume; to suppose; -- formerly sometimes
followed by that introducing a proposition; as, to put a
question; to put a case.
Let us now put that ye have leave. --Chaucer.
Put the perception and you put the mind. --Berkeley.
These verses, originally Greek, were put in Latin.
All this is ingeniously and ably put. --Hare.
6. To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige.
These wretches put us upon all mischief. --Swift.
Put me not use the carnal weapon in my own defense.
Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge.
7. To throw or cast with a pushing motion “overhand,”
hand being raised from the shoulder; a practice in
athletics; as, to put the shot or weight.
8. (Mining) To convey coal in the mine, as from the working
to the tramway. --Raymond.
, formerly, an elliptical expression for, put or
suppose the case to be.
Put case that the soul after departure from the body
may live. --Bp. Hall.
To put about
(Naut.), to turn, or change the course of, as
To put away
(a) To renounce; to discard; to expel.
(b) To divorce.
To put back
(a) To push or thrust backwards; hence, to hinder; to
(b) To refuse; to deny.
Coming from thee, I could not put him back.
(c) To set, as the hands of a clock, to an earlier hour.
(d) To restore to the original place; to replace.
To put by
(a) To turn, set, or thrust, aside. “Smiling put the
(b) To lay aside; to keep; to sore up; as, to put by
To put down
(a) To lay down; to deposit; to set down.
(b) To lower; to diminish; as, to put down prices.
(c) To deprive of position or power; to put a stop to; to
suppress; to abolish; to confute; as, to put down
rebellion or traitors.
Mark, how a plain tale shall put you down.
Sugar hath put down the use of honey. --Bacon.
(d) To subscribe; as, to put down one's name.
To put forth
(a) To thrust out; to extend, as the hand; to cause to
come or push out; as, a tree puts forth leaves.
(b) To make manifest; to develop; also, to bring into
action; to exert; as, to put forth strength.
(c) To propose, as a question, a riddle, and the like.
(d) To publish, as a book.
To put forward
(a) To advance to a position of prominence or
responsibility; to promote.
(b) To cause to make progress; to aid.
(c) To set, as the hands of a clock, to a later hour.
To put in
(a) To introduce among others; to insert; sometimes, to
introduce with difficulty; as, to put in a word while
others are discoursing.
(b) (Naut.) To conduct into a harbor, as a ship.
(c) (Law) To place in due form before a court; to place
among the records of a court. --Burrill.
(d) (Med.) To restore, as a dislocated part, to its place.
To put off
(a) To lay aside; to discard; as, to put off a robe; to
put off mortality. “Put off thy shoes from off thy
--Ex. iii. 5.
(b) To turn aside; to elude; to disappoint; to frustrate;
I hoped for a demonstration, but Themistius
hoped to put me off with an harangue. --Boyle.
We might put him off with this answer.
(c) To delay; to defer; to postpone; as, to put off
(d) To get rid of; to dispose of; especially, to pass
fraudulently; as, to put off a counterfeit note, or an
(e) To push from land; as, to put off a boat.
To put on
or To put upon
(a) To invest one's self with, as clothes; to assume.
“Mercury . . . put on the shape of a man.”
(b) To impute (something) to; to charge upon; as, to put
blame on or upon another.
(c) To advance; to promote. [Obs.] “This came handsomely
to put on the peace.”
(d) To impose; to inflict. “That which thou puttest on
me, will I bear.”
--2 Kings xviii. 14.
(e) To apply; as, to put on workmen; to put on steam.
(f) To deceive; to trick. “The stork found he was put
(g) To place upon, as a means or condition; as, he put him
upon bread and water. “This caution will put them
(h) (Law) To rest upon; to submit to; as, a defendant puts
himself on or upon the country. --Burrill.
To put out
(a) To eject; as, to put out and intruder.
(b) To put forth; to shoot, as a bud, or sprout.
(c) To extinguish; as, to put out a candle, light, or
(d) To place at interest; to loan; as, to put out funds.
(e) To provoke, as by insult; to displease; to vex; as, he
was put out by my reply. [Colloq.]
(f) To protrude; to stretch forth; as, to put out the
(g) To publish; to make public; as, to put out a pamphlet.
(h) To confuse; to disconcert; to interrupt; as, to put
one out in reading or speaking.
(i) (Law) To open; as, to put out lights, that is, to open
or cut windows. --Burrill.
(j) (Med.) To place out of joint; to dislocate; as, to put
out the ankle.
(k) To cause to cease playing, or to prevent from playing
longer in a certain inning, as in base ball.
(l) to engage in sexual intercourse; -- used of women; as,
she's got a great bod, but she doesn't put out.
To put over
(a) To place (some one) in authority over; as, to put a
general over a division of an army.
(b) To refer.
For the certain knowledge of that truth
I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother.
(c) To defer; to postpone; as, the court put over the
cause to the next term.
(d) To transfer (a person or thing) across; as, to put one
over the river.
To put the hand to
or To put the hand unto
(a) To take hold of, as of an instrument of labor; as, to
put the hand to the plow; hence, to engage in (any
task or affair); as, to put one's hand to the work.
(b) To take or seize, as in theft. “He hath not put his
hand unto his neighbor's goods.”
--Ex. xxii. 11.
To put through
, to cause to go through all conditions or
stages of a progress; hence, to push to completion; to
accomplish; as, he put through a measure of legislation;
he put through a railroad enterprise. [U.S.]
To put to
(a) To add; to unite; as, to put one sum to another.
(b) To refer to; to expose; as, to put the safety of the
state to hazard. “That dares not put it to the
(c) To attach (something) to; to harness beasts to.
To put to a stand
, to stop; to arrest by obstacles or
To put to bed
(a) To undress and place in bed, as a child.
(b) To deliver in, or to make ready for, childbirth.
To put to death
, to kill.
To put together
, to attach; to aggregate; to unite in one.
To put this and that
(or two and two
, to draw
an inference; to form a correct conclusion.
To put to it
, to distress; to press hard; to perplex; to
give difficulty to. “O gentle lady, do not put me to
To put to rights
, to arrange in proper order; to settle or
To put to the sword
, to kill with the sword; to slay.
To put to trial
, or on trial
, to bring to a test; to try.
To put trust in
, to confide in; to repose confidence in.
To put up
(a) To pass unavenged; to overlook; not to punish or
resent; to put up with; as, to put up indignities.
[Obs.] “Such national injuries are not to be put
(b) To send forth or upward; as, to put up goods for sale.
(d) To start from a cover, as game. “She has been
frightened; she has been put up.”
(e) To hoard. “Himself never put up any of the rent.”
(f) To lay side or preserve; to pack away; to store; to
pickle; as, to put up pork, beef, or fish.
(g) To place out of sight, or away; to put in its proper
place; as, put up that letter. --Shak.
(h) To incite; to instigate; -- followed by to; as, he put
the lad up to mischief.
(i) To raise; to erect; to build; as, to put up a tent, or
(j) To lodge; to entertain; as, to put up travelers.
To put up a job
, to arrange a plot. [Slang]
Syn: To place; set; lay; cause; produce; propose; state.
. These words agree in the
idea of fixing the position of some object, and are
often used interchangeably. To put is the least
definite, denoting merely to move to a place. To place
has more particular reference to the precise location,
as to put with care in a certain or proper place. To
set or to lay may be used when there is special
reference to the position of the object.
(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