Meaning of SWATH in English


I. ˈswä]th also -wȯ] or ]th noun

or swathe -wāth

( plural swaths ]thz, ]ths ; or swathes )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swæth, swathu footstep, track, trace; akin to Old Frisian swethe limit, boundary, Middle Dutch swat swath, Middle High German swade



(1) : the whole sweep of a scythe or a machine in mowing or cradling

(2) : the path or the breadth of a path cut in one course

b. : a windrow of cut grain or grass left by a scythe or mowing machine

c. : a crop or row of grass or grain ready for reaping or haying

2. : a long broad strip or belt

the wide swath of a firebreak — Victor Canning

a swath of land three blocks long — Lewis Mumford

3. : a stroke of or as if of a scythe

integrating factors which have survived the swath of time — W.W.Taylor

4. : a collection or a space emptied of a collection destroyed as if by a scythe

chain stores cut great swaths in the jobbing business — American Guide Series: Minnesota

II. ˈswath\

dialect England

variant of sward

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.