swathe
I. noun or swath Etymology: Middle English, from Old English *swæth; akin to Old English swathian to swathe Date: before 12th century 1. a band used in swathing 2. an enveloping medium II. transitive verb (swathed; swathing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swathian Date: 12th century 1. to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage 2. envelop <
a mountain swathed by clouds
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  • Swathe — Swathe, n. A bandage; a band; a swath. [1913 Webster] Wrapped me in above an hundred yards of swathe. Addison. [1913 Webster] Milk and a swathe, at first, his whole demand. Young. [1913 Webster] The solemn glory of the afternoon, with its long… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swathe — (sw[=a][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swathed} (sw[=a][th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Swathing}.] [OE. swathen, AS. swe[eth]ain. See {Swath}, n., and cf. {Swaddle}.] To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers. [1913 Webster] Their children are never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swathe — O.E. swaþian to swathe, from swaðu track, trace, band (see SWATH (Cf. swath)). The noun meaning infant s swaddling bands was found in O.E. as swaþum (dative plural) …   Etymology dictionary

  • swathe — Ⅰ. swathe [1] (chiefly N. Amer. also swath) ► NOUN (pl. swathes or swaths) 1) a row or line of grass, corn, etc. as it falls when mown or reaped. 2) a broad strip or area: vast swathes of countryside. ORIGIN Old English, «track, trace» …   English terms dictionary

  • swathe — index enshroud, envelop Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • swathe — swathe1 [swäth, swāth] vt. swathed, swathing [ME swathen < OE swathian, akin to ON svatha, to glide, prob. < IE base * swei , to turn, bend > SWAY] 1. to wrap or bind up in a long strip or bandage 2. to wrap (a bandage, etc.) around… …   English World dictionary

  • swathe — I = swath swathe UK [sweɪð] / US or swath UK [swɒθ] / US [swɑθ] noun [countable] Word forms swathe : singular swathe plural swathes formal 1) a large area of land 2) a long narrow piece of cloth, especially one that is wrapped around someone or… …   English dictionary

  • swathe — [[t]swe͟ɪð, AM swɑ͟ːð[/t]] swathes, swathing, swathed (The noun is also spelled swath.) 1) N COUNT: usu N of n A swathe of land is a long strip of land. On May 1st the army took over another swathe of territory... Year by year great swathes of… …   English dictionary

  • swathe — swathe1 [sweıð US swa:ð, swo:ð, sweıð] n also swath [swɔθ US swa:θ] [: Old English; Origin: swAth footstep, track ] 1.) a long thin area of something, especially land swathe of ▪ The bomb had left a swathe of the town centre in ruins. ▪ A swathe… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swathe — swathe1 [ sweıð ] verb swathe in phrasal verb transitive LITERARY swathe someone/something in something to completely cover someone or something with something: The moon was swathed in mist. swathe swathe 2 [ swað, sweıð ] noun count FORMAL 1. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swathe — en·swathe; un·swathe; swathe; …   English syllables

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