swat

verb
\ˈswät \
swatted; swatting

Definition of swat 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

swat

noun (1)

Definition of swat (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a powerful or crushing blow

2 : a long hit in baseball especially : home run

SWAT

noun (2), often attributive
\ˈswät \

Definition of SWAT (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Swat

geographical name
\ˈswät \

Definition of Swat (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Examples of swat in a Sentence

Verb

She swatted the fly with a magazine. The cat was swatting the injured mouse with its paw. He swatted the tennis ball out of bounds.

Noun (1)

the impatient toddler got a swat on his wrist for stepping into the street by himself
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Bamba and Isaac converged on Jackson head-on, jumped and simultaneously swatted the ball away. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba gave Magic hope at summer league," 14 July 2018 But now Melania’s back, baby, and ready to resume her busy schedule of pointing at things and swatting the president’s hands away. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Melania’s Back, Baby!," 11 June 2018 Zuckerman's resemblance to the author prompted some speculation that these books were semi-autobiographical, though Roth swatted away those assertions when asked. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Dies at 85," 23 May 2018 Holiday sealed the game by swatting away a layup by Pat Connaughton, which allowed Davis to add two more free throws. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Gayle Benson arrives for Pelicans' playoff opener against Blazers in Portland," 15 Apr. 2018 Instant, one-swing-of-the-bat scoring is mostly what occurs, unless of course the batter’s titanic efforts to swat the ball out of the park results in the ignominy of a strike-out. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018 Mickelson, who had stirred up controversy by swatting a moving putt during the third round, finished tied for 48th, and by Wednesday his team had issued two press releases about new investment projects. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "With Two U.S. Opens in His Bag, Brooks Koepka Still Wants to Be the Underdog," 3 July 2018 DeShields didn't have to save anything Friday, as the offense swatted five homers in the first three innings en route to a cozy 11-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "'The wall and I have a very good relationship'," 29 June 2018 Carlos Santana, who leads all NL players with a combined 54 extra-base hits and walks since May 1, notched a two-run single in a 3-0 count in the first inning and swatted a two-run homer in the sixth. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Four hits, another homer for Odubel Herrera as Phillies begin critical stretch with rout of Nationals," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And although there may be some rationale to a dispassionate swat, what parents and caregivers didn't understand was what was happening to the child's brain, especially when the small spank turned into a beating or whipping. Meghan Leahy, chicagotribune.com, "I don't want to spank my sassy 4-year-old. What should I do instead?," 5 July 2018 The teams put on a lively show, trading ice hockey-style fast breaks, sneaky steals, and explosive backhand swats. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018 In many cultures, a swat on the bottom of a child who had stepped out of line was often enough. Meghan Leahy, chicagotribune.com, "I don't want to spank my sassy 4-year-old. What should I do instead?," 5 July 2018 There are many kinds and levels of corporal punishment, ranging from infrequent swats on the butt to regular open-handed smacking or striking with belts or paddles, and many contexts in which it might be employed. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 The swats left black, blue and purple bruises from the boy’s hip to his knee and a bruised foot that left him limping for days. Washington Post, "North Carolina court considers if father’s paddling is crime," 18 Apr. 2018 The 7-footer's 104 blocks rank second in single-season swats in program history. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville center Anas Mahmoud to play in NBA summer league," 22 June 2018 The woman in blue swats the other woman's hands away as the car begins to back up. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Bystanders scream as woman drives away with nail salon worker clinging to trunk, video shows | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 For adults administering punishment, the use of switches, belt straps, paddles and the like delivered increased punishment while saving their hands from the sting of the swat. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerian students tied to crucifixes and beaten for coming late to school," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of swat

Verb

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swat

Verb

English dialect, to squat, alteration of English squat

Noun (2)

special weapons and tactics

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The first known use of swat was circa 1796

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More Definitions for swat

swat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

SWAT

noun

English Language Learners Definition of SWAT (Entry 2 of 2)

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

swat

verb
\ˈswät \
swatted; swatting

Kids Definition of swat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

swat

noun

Kids Definition of swat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hard blow

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