\ 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 The Jeep Cherokee quickly gave rise to that great delicious contradiction, the luxury SUV — rough-’n’-ready, rustic, rebellious, utilitarian, eminently capable, and swathed in fine Corinthian leather. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The High and Mighty SUV," 24 Oct. 2019 Posing with Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing, Kylie's eyes appear to be swathed in hues of lilac and her lips seem to be coated with a touch of a neutral shade. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Cosmetics Will Debut a Balmain Capsule Makeup Collection at Paris Fashion Week 2019," 24 Sep. 2019 At the Plaza, Mrs. Walsh held court in her suite, swathed in ermine wraps, her nails painted to match the color of her dress. Julie Satow, New York Times, "The Widows of the Plaza Hotel," 7 June 2019 Before, the exterior was dated and deteriorated, swathed in stucco. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "We toured HGTV’s 2019 Urban Oasis home in Minneapolis, which someone will win," 11 Sep. 2019 Her arms were swathed in elasticized gloves from wrist to shoulder. Jane Perlez, BostonGlobe.com, "At Mao’s beach, China’s leaders still make history as lifeguards hide from the sun," 22 Aug. 2019 In the work in question, the company's iconic blue-and-yellow branding is swathed not on a massive furniture warehouse, but a tiny, intricate, classic Swiss cuckoo clock. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why There's an Ikea Cuckoo Clock Hanging In a 5-Star Hotel," 15 July 2019 The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament is under repair, and Big Ben is swathed in scaffolding. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "London, through the eyes of a San Franciscan," 27 July 2019 Milonis sat in court in a wheelchair, his head swathed in a bandage covered by a plastic helmet. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Driver had 7 drinks, then plowed into pregnant woman’s car, killing her and unborn baby," 3 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swathed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce swathe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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