\ ˈswäth How to pronounce swath (audio) , ˈswȯth \
variants: or swathe \ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swath (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 As the year goes on to the peak of season — mid-August to mid-October — the area of development widens encompassing the swath of distance between Florida and the western coast of Africa. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 1 June 2021 The other theory: nominate a centrist with the hope of attracting the broadest swath of voters by appealing to independents and moderate Republicans. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 9 May 2021 Kassis also noticed a recent spate of cookbooks focused on the Levantine swath of Arab countries, sometimes written by authors with no ancestral ties to the region, and that might include things like chocolate-coconut cake. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 But more than that, the GOP could further alienate the larger swath of suburban voters — many of them white — who have turned sharply away from Trump's party. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 If the city’s ancient residents had, in fact, driven its ecosystem to doom through deforestation, the swath of low-lying land in question would almost certainly have flooded. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2021 If Zhang’s work is correct, by the time a child born today is a freshman in college, the swath of land spanning from 20 degrees north to 20 degrees south of the equator will become practically inhabitable for parts of the year. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Other lawsuits center on whether companies should be absolved from their contractual obligations to supply gas during parts of February, when freezing temperatures shut down a vast swath of Texas’ energy infrastructure. Collin Eaton, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2021 Along Highway 1 south of Half Moon Bay, the swath of blooming yellow mustard across the coastal hills turned into a gold mine for Iacopi Farms. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2021

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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