\ 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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Modric is enjoyable to watch for a swath of reasons. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "After World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may lose best player tags," 13 July 2018 That sense of betrayal lingers for a large swath of beer drinkers, some of whom refuse to drink Anheuser products. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "‘Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out’ Review: Windy City Windfall," 5 July 2018 The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory and a flash flood watch Thursday morning for large swaths of the state. BostonGlobe.com, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 28 June 2018 Flash Flood Watches are in effect for a large swath of the South, as far north as the Ohio River Valley and central Appalachians. Janice Dean, Fox News, "What's left of Alberto moves North, Severe storms threaten the Central Plains," 29 May 2018 The measure, Assembly Bill 3087 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), would have created a state commission to determine prices for a large swath of healthcare services, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays and medical procedures. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "California bill to cap prices on many healthcare services is shelved in Assembly," 25 May 2018 But the company has 2.2 billion users, meaning each reviewer is responsible for a vast swath of users. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Is Mark Zuckerberg Being Asked to Do the Impossible?," 24 Apr. 2018 Time for the swaths of empty seats that have littered Emirates Stadium to be filled once more. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Arsène Wenger Will Leave Arsenal, Proudly but Imperfectly," 20 Apr. 2018 The new results demonstrate just how effective Keytruda can be for a large swath of lung cancer patients. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Merck's Bet on Cancer Immunotherapy Is Paying Off in Spades and Helping Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer," 16 Apr. 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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