\ ˈswäth How to pronounce swath (audio) , ˈswȯth\
variants: or swathe \ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , ˈswȯt͟h , ˈswāt͟h \

Definition of swath

1a : a row of cut grain or grass left by a scythe or mowing machine
b : the sweep of a scythe or a machine in mowing or the path cut in one course
2 : a long broad strip or belt
3 : a stroke of or as if of a scythe
4 : a space devastated as if by a scythe

Examples of swath in a Sentence

An aerial view of the countryside shows wide swathes of green. He cut a swath through the field with his scythe.

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The result is escalating industry pressure to open up huge swaths of airspace before essential safeguards are in place, according to company and government officials. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Mayhem at Gatwick Shows Limits of Drone-Monitoring Efforts," 20 Dec. 2018 The New Yorker noted in 2016 that there is now a huge swath of Midtown Manhattan, from Fifth Avenue to Park Avenue, from 49th Street to 70th Street, where almost one apartment in three sits empty for at least ten months a year. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "The Urban Crisis of Affluence," 21 June 2018 Khanna favors congressional term limits (12 years, which would wipe out huge swaths of Congress) and cocreated a No PAC Caucus consisting of, for now, just Khanna and Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Meet Ro Khanna, Silicon Valley's Man in the Middle," 29 May 2018 If the situation in Dauphin Island seems remote, imagine the same question being applied to huge swaths of Louisiana, where the state plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to reclaim land that’s going underwater. Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change," 25 Apr. 2018 But in a district that encompasses Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks, plus huge swaths of USFS and BLM land, Stewart’s constituents could use some extra public land support. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Politicians, Listen Up: Outdoor Rec Brings Big Money," 20 Apr. 2018 Huge swaths of Puerto Rico have been without power since Hurricane Maria destroyed its electrical grid last fall, making that the second-longest blackout in history. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for April 19: Trump, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, airline safety," 19 Apr. 2018 Intel’s gameplay site lists graphics optimizations for a vast swath of games that could probably be added to the app in fairly short order. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 2019 For unprecedented flexibility, user friendliness, and high-end sound quality, the Acoustasonic makes sense for a wide swath of serious musicians. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of swath

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swath

Middle English, from Old English swæth footstep, trace; akin to Middle High German swade swath

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English Language Learners Definition of swath

: a long, wide strip of land
: an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed


\ ˈswäth How to pronounce swath (audio) \
variants: or swathe \ ˈswät͟h \
plural swaths or swathes

Kids Definition of swath

1 : an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed
2 : a long broad strip or belt

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