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From Middle English swath, swathe, from Old English swæþ, swaþu (track; trace; footstep; mark; vestige; scar), from Proto-Germanic *swaþō, *swēþiją (a wind-swept place; open field; borderland; terrain). Cognate with Dutch zwade, zwad (swath; windrow), German Schwade (swath; windrow), Icelandic svæði (area; zone; sector; region).



swath (plural swaths)

  1. The track cut out by a scythe in mowing.
  2. (often figuratively) A broad sweep or expanse.
    Five days after Hurricane Katrina, large swaths of New Orleans, such as Canal Street seen here, are still submerged in water.
    • 2015 February 20, Jesse Jackson, “In the Ferguson era, Malcolm X’s courage in fighting racism inspires more than ever”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      It is undeniable that Malcolm was a beacon of huge strength in his lifetime. He could connect with swaths of people when others could not.

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To be distinguished from main meanings of swathe, but that is also an alternative spelling for this word.

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