swath

noun
\ 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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Intel’s gameplay site lists graphics optimizations for a vast swath of games that could probably be added to the app in fairly short order. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 2019 For unprecedented flexibility, user friendliness, and high-end sound quality, the Acoustasonic makes sense for a wide swath of serious musicians. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Forget photo-realistic vistas and HDR-friendly swaths of color and light; give us a 3D world constructed entirely out of 1-bit graphics. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 With all the controversy and fanfare, the biggest surprise isn't that casinos won the day, or that MGM settled on a swath of land smack in the middle of Springfield’s downtown. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 The YouTuber, who regularly gives away huge swaths of money to his subscribers, bought billboards, local television spots, radio sound bites, and more, all urging people to subscribe to Kjellberg. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "PewDiePie’s fans are fighting hard to ensure he remains the biggest YouTuber," 14 Nov. 2018 Thanks to meticulous product curation, the brand has directed swaths of state-siders to some top-notch Korean skin care over the years. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Peach & Lily Is Adding 4 New K-Beauty Products to Its Amazing Skin-Care Line," 15 Aug. 2018 The church, which runs schools and hospitals and owns large swaths of land, is a major political power broker in the former Belgian colony, where some 40% of the population identifies as Catholic. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Election Results," 10 Jan. 2019 Some of the earlier and most powerful Westerners to arrive here were the Sassoons, a family of Baghdadi Jews who eventually came to control large swaths of not only the shipping trade but the real estate business as well. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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swath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swath

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

swath

noun
\ 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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