\ 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


The nurse swathed the wounded soldier's leg in bandages. Her neck was swathed in jewels.

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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 The actress—who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs—stepped out with her growing belly swathed in red, the power hue played up with a coordinated, immaculately applied crimson lip. Jessica Jones, Vogue, "Krysten Ritter Has a Superhero-Worthy Pregnancy Moment at the Jessica Jones Premiere," 29 May 2019 The image shows a piercing hazel eye against a backdrop of snowy white feathers, the bird’s signature black marking swathed like kohl over its brow. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 There are tented powder rooms, sunrooms swathed in a kaleidoscopic array of patterns, and spaces tiled in every color under the sun—including mirror. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Instagram Account of '80s Decor Will Be Your New Favorite Follow," 28 June 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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The first known use of swathe was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of swathe

literary : to wrap or cover (someone or something)

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