Sweal
Sweal Sweal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swealing}.] [OE. swelen to burn, AS. swelan; akin to G. schwelen to burn slowly, schw["u]l sultry, Icel. sv[ae]la a thick smoke.] To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to waste away without feeding the flame. [Written also {swale}.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • Sweal — Sweal, v. t. To singe; to scorch; to swale; as, to sweal a pig by singeing off the hair. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweal —  , swale  to singe or burn ; as, to sweal a hog ; a sweal d cat, a cat whose hair or fur is singed off, by sleeping in the ashes. SWEAL is also sometimes applied to a candle that drozes and melts, called in Middlesex, FLARING. Ab A. S. SW.ELAN,… …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • sweal — verb /swiːl/ a) To consume with fire; to burn; to singe, scorch. Here! But you know, they can sweal a tumour away. b) To make disappear; to cause to waste away; to diminish, reduc …   Wiktionary

  • sweal — I. v. n. 1. Melt (as a candle), swale. 2. Blaze away. II. v. a. Dress, singe, swale, burn the hair off …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sweal — ˈswēl, esp before pause or consonant ēəl verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Middle English swailen, sweilen, swelen, partly from Old English swelan (vi) to burn; partly from Old English swǣlan (vt) to cause to burn more at swelter intransitive verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • swale — Sweal Sweal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swealing}.] [OE. swelen to burn, AS. swelan; akin to G. schwelen to burn slowly, schw[ u]l sultry, Icel. sv[ae]la a thick smoke.] To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swealed — Sweal Sweal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swealing}.] [OE. swelen to burn, AS. swelan; akin to G. schwelen to burn slowly, schw[ u]l sultry, Icel. sv[ae]la a thick smoke.] To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swealing — Sweal Sweal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swealing}.] [OE. swelen to burn, AS. swelan; akin to G. schwelen to burn slowly, schw[ u]l sultry, Icel. sv[ae]la a thick smoke.] To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swealing — swealˈing , ● sweal …   Useful english dictionary

  • swale —  1) windy, cold, bleak. N.  2) to singe or burn ; as, to sweal a hog ; a sweal d cat, a cat whose hair or fur is singed off, by sleeping in the ashes. SWEAL is also sometimes applied to a candle that drozes and melts, called in Middlesex, FLARING …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

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