\ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (audio) , ˈswȯt͟h, ˈswāt͟h \
variants: or swath \ ˈswät͟h How to pronounce swathe (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 But the chloroplasts swathe large portions of their flat, billowy bodies in a startling verdigris. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 As the morning sun pours in, the two women swathe machines in bubble wrap and place them in cardboard boxes. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 This is serious wine, delicious with its core of refreshing acidity swathed in ripe, sweet flavors of strawberries and melon. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 9 Apr. 2020 This lucky painter has one swathed in a graphic Fromental wallpaper. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 11 Feb. 2020 More importantly, you'll be swathed in coziness with just the right amount of comforting pressure. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 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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“Swathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swathe. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swathe

: to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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