swath

noun \ ˈswäth , ˈswȯth \
variants: or swathe play \ˈswät͟h, ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h\

Definition of swath

1 a :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

  1. An aerial view of the countryside shows wide swathes of green.

  2. He cut a swath through the field with his scythe.

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Origin and Etymology of swath

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

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SWATH Defined for English Language Learners

swath

noun

Definition of swath for English Language Learners

  • : a long, wide strip of land

  • : an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed


SWATH Defined for Kids

swath

noun \ ˈswäth \
variants: or swathe \ˈswät͟h\

Definition of swath for Students

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


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