\ˈswāl \

Definition of swale 

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

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His Racy Ghyll Farm nests on Great Mell Fell in the narrow swale of Matterdale. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 Milkevic’s black Nissan 370Z had hit a construction barrel and gone up the grassy swale on the west side of the highway. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man's shooting death on I-95 in Boca was likely random," 29 June 2018 According to the warrant police found Roche's partially nude body in a swale and performed CPR, but to no avail. Martin Vassolo And Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Man killed two women in Miami, dumped bodies on street, police say," 18 June 2018 Some parking lots now have the swales in place, but four lots still need to have the work completed, according to Thompson. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Crystal ski area ordered to control parking-lot runoff by Oct. 31," 1 June 2018 The swales will collect stormwater flowing down the hill and prevent soil and other pollutants from reaching the river. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Concrete bed of Kinnickinnic River in Pulaski Park to be removed for recreational and safety upgrades," 7 May 2018 But the judge found that Crystal failed to meet earlier deadlines for improvements, such as swales — low spots that help to slow and filter runoff and remove pollutants flushed by the water from parking lots. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Crystal ski area ordered to control parking-lot runoff by Oct. 31," 1 June 2018 The lava flow entered the 800-acre property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant before stalling at a swale about 300 yards from the nearest underground, geothermal well. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hawaii on edge as lava reaches power plant: 'No one has faced this before'," 22 May 2018 The last phase of the $185,000 project includes a pavilion, a bioretention swale for storm water control, renovation to the flagpole area, benches, landscaping and replacement of the existing pathway. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Fairview Park hopes to complete extensive Grannis Park upgrades," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of swale

1584, in the meaning defined above

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