\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, weather authorities issued a fresh alert for more powerful thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and lightning for a large swath of Bihar. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Lightning strikes kill more than 100 in India," 26 June 2020 The poll revealed a deep erosion of support for the president among white women without college degrees, voters who were key to his 2016 coalition across a swath of Midwestern swing states. Trip Gabriel, BostonGlobe.com, "Joni Ernst and Donald Trump could both be in trouble in Iowa," 20 June 2020 China’s national observatory on Tuesday said more rain is expected across a wide swath of central and southern China. Fox News, "China flooding kills at least seven, more heavy rain expected," 9 June 2020 Record numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit a swath of U.S. states this weekend, particularly the Sun Belt. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Is a second wave inevitable? The stock markets seem to think so," 15 June 2020 Packing the stands would be a sign of strength and a willingness of race fans across a large swath of backgrounds to come together in the face of a global pandemic and celebrate and embrace life. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Why fans are vital to the Indy 500: 'A 500 without fans is a 500 I don't wanna race'," 13 June 2020 But the fate of a large swath of it, though nominally belonging to the American people, may soon fall to a guy named Craig Larson. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "A Guy Named Craig May Soon Have Control Over a Large Swath of Utah," 13 June 2020 Still, now that buying one is at least feasible, the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment is worth a look for a good swath of PlayStation 4 owners. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Sony’s Back Button Attachment is finally back in stock, so here’s our review," 9 June 2020 The coronavirus pandemic cut a swath through American business, leaving over 40 million people unemployed. Fox News, "Unemployment rate falls to 13 percent, 2020 grads should prepare for market turnaround, industry experts say," 6 June 2020

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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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“Swath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swath. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce swath (audio)

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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