swathe

noun
\ ˈswät͟h , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h\
variants: or swath \ ˈswät͟h , ˈswäth , ˈswȯt͟h , ˈswȯth \

Definition of swathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a band used in swathing
2 : an enveloping medium

swathe

verb
\ ˈswät͟h , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h\
swathed; swathing

Definition of swathe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage
2 : envelop a mountain swathed by clouds

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Examples of swathe in a Sentence

Verb

The nurse swathed the wounded soldier's leg in bandages. Her neck was swathed in jewels.

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On set, her petite frame is swathed in ripped and repaired denim, a pair of metallic cowgirl boots hinting at mischief. Vogue, "Diesel’s Fall 2018 Collection Is a Love Letter to ’90s London," 3 Aug. 2018 How does this justify the dire adjectives it was swathed in? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Press Is the Enemy of Climate," 4 Dec. 2018 The outside is swathed in cotton, while the inside is stuffed with polyester balls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Headless ergonomic body pillows: comforting or totally creepy?," 11 Oct. 2018 And this season was no exception, with designer Olivier Rousteing swathing his army in hyper-exaggerated, '80s-leaning silhouettes in crisp whites and metallic silvers that showed plenty of gleaming skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Bombshell Beauty Lessons Straight From the Balmain Runway," 28 Sep. 2018 The response has been to swarm Xinjiang with security, swathing the region in a high-tech surveillance network and, in the past two years, building the detention centers that inmates say mix abuse with patriotic indoctrination. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China’s Muslim Crackdown Extends to Those Living Abroad," 31 Aug. 2018 The young architect, who was making a name for himself designing low-slung, open-plan houses often swathed in brick, broke out of his Midwestern bubble and earned his first East Coast commission. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barton House completes $2 million restoration," 2 Oct. 2018 Each eye is swathed in golden yellow, with an accompanying wing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This “Clueless”-Inspired Makeup Look Would Earn Cher Horowitz’s Approval," 27 Aug. 2018 Installing Saturday's preview left a lot to the imagination, considering mannequins in the Byzantine Gallery and the Medieval Sculpture Hall remained swathed in muslin. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd, latimes.com, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of swathe

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swathe

Noun

Middle English, from Old English *swæth; akin to Old English swathian to swathe

Verb

Middle English, from Old English swathian

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swathe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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