Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Sword-shaped adjective (Botany) Shaped like a sword; ensiform, as the long, flat leaves of the Iris, cattail, and the like.
; plural Swordsmen 1. A soldier; a fighting man. 2. One skilled of a use of the sword; a professor of the science of fencing; a fencer.
Swordsmanship noun The state of being a swordsman; skill in the use of the sword. Cowper.
Swordtail noun (Zoology) (a) The limulus. (b) Any hemipterous insect of the genus Uroxiphus , found upon forest trees.
Swore imperfect of Swear .
Sworn past participle of Swear . Sworn brothers
, originally, companions in arms who took an oath to share together good and bad fortune; hence, faithful friends.
-- Sworn enemies
, determined or irreconcilable enemies.
-- Sworn friends
, close friends.
[ See Swoon
.] 1. A sound; a groan; a moan; a sough.
He sigheth with full many a sorry swough . Chaucer. 2. A swoon.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Swound v. & noun See Swoon , v. & noun
[ Prov. Eng. or Archaic] Shak. Dryden.
The landlord stirred Longfellow.
As one awaking from a swound .
[ Confer Zounds
.] An exclamation contracted from God's wounds ; -- used as an oath.
[ Obsolete or Archaic] Shak.
Swown v. & noun Swoon. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Swum imperfect & past participle of Swim .
Swung imperfect & past participle of Swing .
Swythe adverb Quickly. See Swithe .
. Saw. Chaucer.
Syb adjective See Sib .
[ Obsolete or Scot.]
Sybarite noun [ Latin Sybarita , Greek ..., from ..., a city in Italy, noted for the effeminacy and voluptuousness of its inhabitants; confer French Sybarite .] A person devoted to luxury and pleasure; a voluptuary.
Sybaritic, Sybaritical adjective [ Latin Sybariticus , Greek ....] Of or pertaining to the Sybarites; resembling the Sybarites; luxurious; wanton; effeminate. " Sybaritic dinners." Bp. Warburton. " Sybaritical cloistres." Bp. Hall.
Sybaritism noun Luxuriousness; effeminacy; wantonness; voluptuousness.
[ Latin sycaminus
, Greek ...; perhaps of Semitic origin.] See Sycamore .
[ Latin sycomorus
, Greek ... the fig mulberry; ... a fig + ... the black mulberry; or perhaps of Semitic origin: confer French sycomore
. Confer Mulberry
.] (Botany) (a) A large tree ( Ficus Sycomorus ) allied to the common fig. It is found in Egypt and Syria, and is the sycamore, or sycamine, of Scripture. (b) The American plane tree, or buttonwood. (c) A large European species of maple ( Acer Pseudo-Platanus ).
[ Written sometimes sycomore
Syce noun [ Arabic sāïs .] A groom. [ India]
Sycee noun [ Said to be from a Chinese word, se-tze or se-sze , meaning, fine silk, and to be so called because if pure it may be drawn out into fine threads.] Silver, pounded into ingots of the shape of a shoe, and used as currency. The most common weight is about one pound troy. [ China] McElrath.
Sychnocarpous adjective [ Greek ... much or frequent + ... fruit.] (Botany) Having the capacity of bearing several successive crops of fruit without perishing; as, sychnocarpous plants.
Sycite noun [ Greek ... figlike, from ... a fig.] (Min.) A nodule of flint, or a pebble, which resembles a fig. [ Obsolete]
Sycoceric adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained by the oxidation of sycoceryl alcohol.
Sycoceryl noun [ Greek ... a fig + ... wax + -yl .] (Chemistry) A radical, of the aromatic series, regarded as an essential ingredient of certain compounds found in the waxy resin of an Australian species of fig.
Sycock noun (Zoology) The missel thrush. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sycones noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... a fig.] (Zoology) A division of calcareous sponges. » They usually resemble a fig, being vase-shaped with a fringed opening at the summit. The feeding cells are in ampullæ connected with radial tubes in the thickened walls of the body.
Syconium Sy*co"nus noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... the fig.] (Botany) A collective fleshy fruit, in which the ovaries are hidden within a hollow receptacle, as in the fig.
[ Confer Latin sycophantia
deceit, Greek ... false accusation.] The character or characteristic of a sycophant.
Hence: - (a) False accusation; calumniation; talebearing.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Hall. (b) Obsequious flattery; servility.
The sycophancy of A.Philips had prejudiced Mr. Addison against Pope. Bp. Warburton.