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 Castro worked an 11-pitch at-bat before swatting a 93-mph fastball to the Clevelander in left field. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "**Brewers Marlins head**," 10 July 2018 Schoop was an All-Star last year, swatting a career-high 32 home runs while also batting .293. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "How did this happen? Orioles players examine why this season spun out of control," 24 June 2018 Jackson proved up to the task in college at LSU, roaming all over the defensive backfield and looking at times like a mosquito that receivers couldn't swat away (if that mosquito could also knock a guy on his keister). Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "With 2 versatile rookies, here's how Panthers secondary is expected to shake out | Charlotte Observer," 30 Apr. 2018 Investigators were able to reach the Kaskys, who were surprised to learn of the swatting incident at their home, Barbera said. Erika Pesantes, latimes.com, "Two Parkland student activists are targets of 'swatting' hoaxes," 10 June 2018 Rodriguez recalls a third swatting incident in the city that did not involve a public figure in recent years. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Swatting hoax targets #NeverAgain activists," 8 June 2018 Hogg said the swatting incident was an attempt to distract him from his political work. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Parkland students who led March for Our Lives get Robert F. Kennedy human-rights award," 5 June 2018 Law enforcement authorities are still trying to determine who made the swatting call on Hogg's home. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Hoax emergency call sends SWAT team to home of gun-control activist," 5 June 2018 But amazingly, rather than waiting for the puck to fall, Crosby batted it up in midair with his stick before swatting backhandedly over Price’s shoulder. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Sidney Crosby bats puck in midair for filthy backhanded goal," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Williams recalled in his memoirs that he often was sentenced to the maximum punishment: 10 swats. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Southern playwright Tennessee Williams majored in journalism at Mizzou," 26 Mar. 2018 Nebraska's Evan Taylor tried driving down the middle of the lane, and was met with one of Bates-Diop's long arms and a swat that sent Taylor's shot away. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "7 winning plays Ohio State basketball made vs. Nebraska that wouldn't have happened last year," 23 Jan. 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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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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