\ 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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This strategy could likely be employed across a wide swath of Mars, the researchers said. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Silica Blankets Could Make Mars Habitable," 15 July 2019 Though expected to be a weak hurricane, Barry threatened disastrous flooding across a swath of the Gulf Coast. Washington Post, "Barry strengthens to hurricane; storm surge feared," 13 July 2019 Forecasters said slow-moving Barry could unload 10 to 20 inches of rain through Sunday across a swath of Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as southwestern Mississippi, with pockets in Louisiana getting 25 inches. Janet Mcconnaughey, chicagotribune.com, "Tropical Storm Barry begins bashing Louisiana, threatening disastrous flooding," 12 July 2019 In prior research, which looked at Facebook users across wider swaths of the country, this same team of social scientists found that, yeah, your social network is shaped by physical distance. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "In New York, Friendships Run Along Subway Lines," 10 July 2019 The largest temblor in two decades shook Southern California just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, rattling homes across a wide swath of the state. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: Largest earthquake in two decades shakes Southern California," 5 July 2019 Williams called, but because of weather, troopers wouldn’t arrive until the next day, a scenario that plays out across large swaths of the state on a regular basis. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 Leviathan Rising 306 feet and winding its away across a huge swath of the park, Leviathan dominates the park’s skyline. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 Cisneros’ district, by contrast, spills across a sprawling swath of South Texas. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Cuellar faces his first serious test in 14 years," 19 June 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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