\ ˈswāl How to pronounce swale (audio) \

Definition of swale

: a low-lying or depressed and often wet stretch of land also : a shallow depression on a golf course

Examples of swale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mile-long (1.6 kilometer) swales on the edge of the town of Fernley were protected in 2001 by a U.S. Bureau of Land Management easement that has remained in place despite changes in ownership. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Big Nevada industrial park could help protect historic trail," 28 Sep. 2019 The swales are shallow depressions tucked among sand dunes and fed by rain and underground water. Washington Post, "Scientists want firefly unique to Delaware beach to be on endangered species list," 3 Aug. 2019 The swales are shallow depressions tucked among sand dunes and fed by underground aquifers and rain water. Fox News, "Rare firefly with double-green flash could be headed for endangered list," 2 Aug. 2019 Water from a swale feeds the waterfall, then travels through microtubes up a faux bonsai tree — made of concrete and unused materials – to irrigate a group of flower baskets that rest at the end of each tree branch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa couple wins Otay Water District contest," 22 July 2019 His approach ended up in a swale left of the green. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Rory McIlroy Finds He Can Go Home Again—Even If He Misses the Cut," 19 July 2019 Quartermaster Reach will be designed to include mudflats, channels, sandy undulating hills and gently sloping dune swales. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans," 5 Aug. 2019 The petition says the Breakwater Beach development is destroying one of only seven freshwater swales where the firefly was previously found. Fox News, "Rare firefly with double-green flash could be headed for endangered list," 2 Aug. 2019 Kirpalani’s swale is landscaped with plants that are adaptable to either wet or dry conditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tanks, swales put rainwater to eco-friendly use," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of swale

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swale

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19 Nov 2019

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“Swale.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swale. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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