swathe

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English swathe, swath, from Old English swaþu, swæþ (bandage), probably akin to Old English swaþul, sweþel (a swathe, wrap, band, bandage).

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swathe (plural swathes)

  1. A bandage; a band
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English swathen, from Old English *swaþian, akin to Old English besweþian (to swathe, swaddle).

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swathe (third-person singular simple present swathes, present participle swathing, simple past and past participle swathed)

  1. To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers
    • 1664, A briefe description of the whole world wherein is particularly described all the monarchies, empires, and kingdoms of the same, with their academies, as also their severall titles and scituations thereunto adjoyning, Archbishop Abbot, quoted in A Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson, 1755
      Their children are never swathed, or bound about with any thing when they are first born' but are put naked into the bed with their parents to lie.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      The head was swathed in linen bands that had been white, but were now stained and discoloured with damp, but of this I shall not speak more, and beneath the chin-cloth the beard had once escaped.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English swathe, from Old English swaþu (track, trace), from Proto-Germanic *swaþō. More at swath.

Noun[edit]

swathe (plural swathes)

  1. (chiefly British) Alternative spelling of swath
    • 2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      United's stature is such that one result must not bring the immediate announcement of a shift in the balance of power in Manchester - but the swathes of empty seats around Old Trafford and the wave of attacks pouring towards David de Gea's goal in the second half emphasised that City quite simply have greater firepower and talent in their squad at present.
    • 2012, The Economist, Sep 29th 2012 issue, Venezuela’s presidential election: The autocrat and the ballot box
      As well as the advantages of abused office, Mr Chávez can boast enduring popularity among a broad swathe of poorer Venezuelans. They like him for his charisma, humble background and demotic speech.
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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English swaþu, swæþ.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈswaːð(ə)/, /ˈswaθ/

Noun[edit]

swathe (plural swathez) (rare)

  1. A strip or wrap, especially for wrapping babies in.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English swaþu, from Proto-Germanic *swaþō.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈswaːð(ə)/, /ˈswaθ/

Noun[edit]

swathe (plural swathes)

  1. A swath; the track left by a scythe.
  2. (rare) A strip of land as a unit of measure.
  3. (rare) A trace left behind by something.
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