swale

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Particularly: "UK and Canadian English"

Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly from Middle English shade, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svalr.

Noun[edit]

swale (plural swales)

  1. A low tract of moist or marshy land.
  2. A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
  3. A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
  4. A shallow, usually grassy depression sloping downward from a plains upland meadow or level vegetated ridgetop.
  5. A shallow trough dug into the land on contour (horizontally with no slope). Its purpose being to allow water time to percolate into the soil.
    • 2009, Toby Hemenway, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition, Chelsea Green Publishing (→ISBN), page 101:
      The stored water creates an underground reservoir that aids plant growth for tens of feet below the swale. Swales also prevent gullies from forming by intercepting rainwater, slowing it, spreading it, and storing it in the soil.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See sweal.

Noun[edit]

swale (plural swales)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) A gutter in a candle.

Verb[edit]

swale (third-person singular simple present swales, present participle swaling, simple past and past participle swaled)

  1. Alternative form of sweal (melt and waste away, or singe)

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

swale

  1. Alternative form of whale