swamp

  • 1 Swamp — Swamp, n. [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D. zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. sv[ o]ppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo s porous, spongy.] Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually… …

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  • 2 swamp — [swɒmp ǁ swɑːmp] verb [transitive] 1. to suddenly give someone a lot of work or things to deal with: • The flood of orders swamped some understaffed trading desks. swamp be swamped (with something) • Brokers said they were swamped with calls… …

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  • 3 swamp — [swämp, swômp] n. [< dial. var. (or LowG cognate) of ME sompe, akin to MLowG swamp, Goth & OE swamm, fungus, mushroom < IE base * swomb(h)os, spongy, porous > Gr somphos, spongy] a piece of wet, spongy land that is permanently or… …

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  • 4 swamp — 1624 (first used by Capt. John Smith, in reference to Virginia), perhaps a dialectal survival from an O.E. cognate of O.N. svoppr sponge, fungus, from P.Gmc. *swampuz; but traditionally connected with M.E. sompe morass, swamp, probably from M.Du …

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  • 5 swamp — swamp; swamp·ber·ry; swamp·er; swamp·i·ness; …

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  • 6 swamp|y — «SWOM pee, SWM », adjective, swamp|i|er, swamp|i|est. 1. like a swamp; soft and wet: »swampy ground. The front yard is swampy from the heavy rain. SYNONYM(S): boggy, marshy …

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  • 7 Swamp — Swamp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swamped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swamping}.] 1. To plunge or sink into a swamp. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: To… …

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  • 8 Swamp — Swamp, v. i. 1. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties. [1913 Webster] 2. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked. [1913… …

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  • 9 swamp — [n] wet land covered with vegetation bog, bottoms, everglade, fen, glade, holm, marsh, marshland, mire, moor, morass, mud, muskeg, peat bog, polder, quag, quagmire, slough, swale, swampland; concept 509 swamp [v] overwhelm, flood beset, besiege,… …

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  • 10 swamp|er — «SWOM puhr, SWM », noun. U.S. 1. a person who lives in a swamp or swampy region: »Everybody thought we were just a state of hillbillies and swampers (Time). 2. a) a person who works clearing roads for lumberjacks or clearing fallen trees of limbs …

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  • 11 swamp — index immerse (plunge into), inundate, overcome (overwhelm) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 12 swamp — ► NOUN ▪ a bog or marsh. ► VERB 1) overwhelm or flood with water. 2) overwhelm with too much of something; inundate. DERIVATIVES swampy adjective. ORIGIN probably ultimately from a Germanic base meaning sponge or fungus …

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  • 13 Swamp — A swamp is a wetland featuring temporary or permanent inundation of large areas of land, by shallow bodies of water. A swamp generally has a substantial number of hammocks, or dry land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation… …

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  • 14 swamp — swampish, adj. /swomp/, n. 1. a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation. v.t. 2. to flood or drench with water or the like. 3. Naut. to sink or fill (a boat) with… …

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  • 15 swamp — swamp1 [ swamp ] verb 1. ) transitive usually passive to give someone too much to deal with at one time: swamp someone with something: Online bookstores were swamped with orders during the pre Christmas rush. 2. ) transitive usually passive to… …

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  • 16 swamp — I UK [swɒmp] / US [swɑmp] verb [transitive] Word forms swamp : present tense I/you/we/they swamp he/she/it swamps present participle swamping past tense swamped past participle swamped 1) [usually passive] to give someone too much to deal with at …

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  • 17 swamp — I. /swɒmp / (say swomp) noun 1. a piece or tract of wet, spongy land; marshy ground; an area of still, often stagnant water. 2. a tract of soft, wet ground having a growth of certain kinds of trees, but unfit for cultivation. –verb (t) 3. to… …

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  • 18 swamp — I. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of Middle English sompe, from Middle Dutch somp morass; akin to Middle High German sumpf marsh, Greek somphos spongy Date: 1624 1. a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water; especially… …

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  • 19 swamp — v. (d; tr.) to swamp by, with (they were swamped with work) * * * [swɒmp] with (they were swamped with work) (d; tr.) to swamp by …

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  • 20 swamp — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. swampland, marsh, bog, wetland, moor, slough, fen, morass, quagmire. v. t. submerge, sink, flood, inundate, immerse, drench, deluge; over whelm, snow under. See moisture, water. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn …

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