\ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h \
variants: or swath \ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swath (audio) , ˈswäth , ˈswȯt͟h , ˈswȯth \

Definition of swathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


\ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is serious wine, delicious with its core of refreshing acidity swathed in ripe, sweet flavors of strawberries and melon. Washington Post, "Want a good, cheap red? This $13 bottle is made for grilling season.," 15 May 2020 Gros painted the extravagantly uniformed general, swathed in gilded sashes and crowned with a red-plumed hat, closer to 6 feet 8. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Napoleon has it all over Trump when it comes to spinning plague propaganda," 23 Apr. 2020 One had floors swathed in grass and walls covered in Yayoi Kusama-like dots, decorated with cartoonish pixel art. Andrew Dickson, New York Times, "Minecraft for Art? Virtual Galleries Grab Gamers’ Attention," 17 Apr. 2020 Koretz said at a City Council meeting, his nose and mouth swathed by a butterscotch-yellow bandanna to make his point. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Masking up to stop coronavirus isn’t so easy for many of L.A.’s homeless residents," 9 Apr. 2020 This lucky painter has one swathed in a graphic Fromental wallpaper. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Nicole Fuller Designs an Insanely Cool Dollhouse," 11 Feb. 2020 More importantly, you'll be swathed in coziness with just the right amount of comforting pressure. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best bedding deals you can get right now," 7 Apr. 2020 Now and then a dog-walker, masked or swathed in a scarf, passed. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "The Soup Kitchen That the Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop," 30 Mar. 2020 One site containing footprints is revealed at low tide, although it's usually swathed in seaweed. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Footprints reveal that stegosaurs once stepped across Scotland," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of swathe


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


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swathe


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


Middle English, from Old English swathian

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The first known use of swathe was before the 12th century

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“Swathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swathe. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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