swathe

1 of 2

noun

ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio)
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswāt͟h
variants or swath
ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio)
ˈswäth,
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswȯth
1
: a band used in swathing
2
: an enveloping medium

swathe

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verb

ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio)
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswāt͟h
swathed; swathing

transitive verb

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

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
After its closure in 1988, Michigan Central Station became a deteriorating shell, choked with trash and swathed with graffiti. Steve Freiss, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 July 2024 Photo : McLaren Automotive Limited The cockpit is simple, driver-focused, and swathed in motorsport-style Alcantara—McLaren’s de rigueur interior aesthetic. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 2 July 2024 The phone bag is swathed in textured canvas with black leather trim and a black vegan leather back. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2024 While most of the main development region of the Atlantic is swathed in storm-dampening Saharan dust this week, the tropical wave in question is swirling in a pocket that doesn’t have much of that hot, dry dust. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for swathe 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English, from Old English swathian

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Swathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swathe. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

swathe

1 of 2 verb
ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio)
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswāt͟h
swathed; swathing
1
: to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage
2

swathe

2 of 2 noun
ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio)
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswāt͟h
variants or swath
ˈswät͟h,
ˈswäth,
ˈswȯt͟h,
ˈswȯth
: a band used in swathing

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