\ˈswäth, ˈswȯth\
variants: or swathe \ ˈswät͟h , 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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Cortical folding appears to decrease with age across large swaths of the frontal, parietal and occipital lobes in both young people with autism and controls. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 Finally, given the fast pace of Marine Corps and Navy amphibious operations strategy evolution, armed Ospreys could support amphibious assaults by transporting Marines to combat across wider swaths of combat areas. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 The July 2018 eclipse — which will happen on Friday, July 27 — will last about four hours and be visible across wide swaths of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Time, "Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know," 3 July 2018 Islamic State jihadists, who less than four years ago easily overpowered government forces across wide swaths of the country, are all but defeated. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "They have a chance to clean house in upcoming elections. But many Iraqis are asking: 'Why should I vote?'," 11 May 2018 Advertisement Most notably, though, Rihanna has emerged in recent years as one of the music world’s most outspoken and convincing activists, her attention spread across large swaths of global concerns. refinery29.com, "Rihanna Proves She Is All The Woman Anyone Needs By Breaking This Record," 10 Mar. 2018 The worst of the weather is expected Wednesday and Thursday, when six inches or more of snow could fall in cities like New York and Philadelphia and across large swaths of the interior Northeast. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Another nor'easter?!? Airlines are waiving change fees, again ...," 5 Mar. 2018 The fate of the coal industry has become intertwined with politics, but BCSE reports shows that move away from coal and toward energy sustainability be seen increasingly across wide swaths of the American society. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Coal Power Continues Its Slow March Toward Death," 20 Feb. 2018 Over the weekend, as temperatures dropped below zero across swaths of the eastern United States, another zeroing-out – this one suggested by President Donald Trump – came into cold, stark relief. Anchorage Daily News, "This weatherization program is ‘vital’ to Alaska, Murkowski says. The Trump administration proposed eliminating it.," 9 Jan. 2018

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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 \
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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