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swat

verb \ ˈswät \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of swat

swatted; swatting
transitive verb
: to hit with a sharp slapping blow usually with an instrument (such as a bat or flyswatter)
  • swatted the ball for a home run

Examples of swat in a Sentence

  1. She swatted the fly with a magazine.

  2. The cat was swatting the injured mouse with its paw.

  3. He swatted the tennis ball out of bounds.

Recent Examples of swat from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of swat

English dialect, to squat, alteration of English squat


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swat

noun

Definition of swat

1 : a powerful or crushing blow
2 : a long hit in baseball; especially : home run

Examples of swat in a Sentence

  1. the impatient toddler got a swat on his wrist for stepping into the street by himself

Recent Examples of swat from the Web

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First Known Use of swat

circa 1800


SWAT

noun, often attributive \ ˈswät \

Definition of SWAT

: a police or military unit specially trained and equipped to handle unusually hazardous situations or missions

Origin and Etymology of swat

special weapons and tactics


Swat

geographical name \ ˈswät \

Definition of Swat

river 400 miles (644 kilometers) long in Pakistan flowing into the Kabul River

SWAT Defined for English Language Learners

swat

verb

Definition of swat for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone or something) with a quick motion


SWAT

noun

Definition of SWAT for English Language Learners

  • : a police or military unit that is specially trained to handle very dangerous situations


SWAT Defined for Kids

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swat

verb \ ˈswät \

Definition of swat for Students

swatted; swatting
: to hit with a quick hard blow
  • I swatted a fly.

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swat

noun

Definition of swat for Students

: a hard blow


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