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

Definition of swath

1a : a row of cut grain or grass left by a scythe or mowing machine
b : the sweep of a scythe or a machine in mowing or the path cut in one course
2 : a long broad strip or belt
3 : a stroke of or as if of a scythe
4 : a space devastated as if by a scythe

Examples of swath in a Sentence

An aerial view of the countryside shows wide swathes of green. He cut a swath through the field with his scythe.

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Disney+ has detailed its own launch date (November 12) and price ($6.99), as well as a fairly broad swath of its content pipeline, which already runs through Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, and other fruitful IP territory. Wired, "Apple TV+ Launches November 1, Subs Will Cost $5 a Month," 10 Sep. 2019 The rolling backlash has united broad swaths of the continent. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "South African Riots Over ‘Xenophobia’ Prompt Backlash Across Africa," 5 Sep. 2019 Organizations like the Internet Association and the California Chamber of Commerce — representing a broad swath of Silicon Valley and other industries — mounted their own offensive. Washington Post, "California adopted the country’s first major consumer privacy law. Now, Silicon Valley is trying to rewrite it.," 4 Sep. 2019 Income inequality is highest across broad swaths of the Southeast and Southwest and lowest in the Midwest and the Washington, D.C., area, where many residents work for the federal government. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Southern U.S. Lags North on Disaster Resilience," 12 Aug. 2019 The rules track with the administration’s draft regulations in making the biggest change in a generation to a broad swath of the federal conservation regime. Adam Aton, Science | AAAS, "New Trump rules would curb U.S. endangered species protections," 12 Aug. 2019 Whereas Ali Farka Touré’s playing draws direct comparisons to the blues, specifically artists like John Lee Hooker, Vieux pulls readily from a broader swath of genres, including rock, funk and Latin music. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Vieux Farka Touré brings the sounds of Mali to Baltimore," 19 July 2019 Instead, Mulvaney has focused much of his energy on creating a new White House power center revolving around the long-dormant Domestic Policy Council and encompassing broad swaths of the administration. Anchorage Daily News, "Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff," 15 July 2019 The future is in breaking singles that can speak to broad swaths of the U.S. (and the globe). August Brown, Detroit Free Press, "K-Pop is storming U.S. record biz, but can it fully cross over?," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of swath

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swath

Middle English, from Old English swæth footstep, trace; akin to Middle High German swade swath

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English Language Learners Definition of swath

: a long, wide strip of land
: an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed


\ ˈswäth How to pronounce swath (audio) \
variants: or swathe \ ˈswät͟h \
plural swaths or swathes

Kids Definition of swath

1 : an area of grass or grain that has been cut or mowed
2 : a long broad strip or belt

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