Definition of swale
: a low-lying or depressed and often wet stretch of land; also : a shallow depression on a golf course
Recent Examples of swale from the Web
The Old Course is known for its blind drives over seas of gorse, vast greens, and swales, humps and hollows which require imagination and the ability to use the ground to your advantage.
On the fourth hole, Day’s approach shot missed the green and trundled down a swale about 15 yards from the putting surface.
This No. 7 forces golfers to skirt bunkers on layup shots and leaves a potentially semi-blind approach from the bottom of a swale.
A city spokesman said vacuum trucks collected about 1,350 gallons of sewage from the swale.
In the next year, Alice's Garden will build a swale to drain water from the nearby Brown Street Academy into an underground cistern, said Venice Williams, executive director of the community gardens.
On Friday, Zhang and about 40 other volunteers, mostly ArcelorMittal employees, dug in to improve the outdoor habitat at the R&D campus in East Chicago, planting some 45 native trees and shrubs in a unique dune and swale portion of the property.
The pickup turned left sharply and crossed over the eastbound lanes and into the grass swale and eventually into the canal.
From a swale short of the green, Haas chipped weakly to 15 feet and missed the putt to stay 1 down.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'swale.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of swale
First Known Use: 1584See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up swale? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).