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swat

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verb \ˈswät\

Definition of swat

swatted

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swatting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to hit with a sharp slapping blow usually with an instrument (such as a bat or flyswatter) swatted the ball for a home run

Examples of swat in a Sentence

  1. She swatted the fly with a magazine.

  2. The cat was swatting the injured mouse with its paw.

  3. He swatted the tennis ball out of bounds.

Origin and Etymology of swat

English dialect, to squat, alteration of English squat


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swat

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Definition of swat

  1. 1 :  a powerful or crushing blow

  2. 2 :  a long hit in baseball; especially :  home run

Examples of swat in a Sentence

  1. the impatient toddler got a swat on his wrist for stepping into the street by himself

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First Known Use of swat

circa 1800


SWAT

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noun, often attributive \ˈswät\

Definition of SWAT

  1. :  a police or military unit specially trained and equipped to handle unusually hazardous situations or missions

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Origin and Etymology of swat

special weapons and tactics


Swat

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geographical name \ˈswät\

Definition of Swat

  1. river 400 miles (644 kilometers) long in Pakistan flowing into the Kabul River


SWAT Defined for English Language Learners

swat

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verb

Definition of swat for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone or something) with a quick motion

SWAT

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noun

Definition of SWAT for English Language Learners

  • : a police or military unit that is specially trained to handle very dangerous situations


SWAT Defined for Kids

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swat

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verb \ˈswät\

Definition of swat for Students

swatted

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swatting

  1. :  to hit with a quick hard blow I swatted a fly.


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swat

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noun

Definition of swat for Students

  1. :  a hard blow



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