- to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another: He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
- to substitute (one thing) for another (sometimes followed by in): Swap in red wine for white, since powerful nutrients are in the red grape's skin.
- to replace (one thing) with another (sometimes followed by out): To cut down on fat, swap cream for milk.
- to make an exchange.
- an exchange: He got the radio in a swap.
Origin of swap
Examples from the Web for swapping
The two series have danced around each other for years, taking potshots and swapping employees.The Griffins Go to Springfield: ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’ Collide
September 29, 2014
It's safest to de-gay fresh anecdotes you've actually experienced, but it's a lot trickier than swapping out pronouns.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
They met in no-mans-land and spent the day swapping small gifts and playing soccer.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Other major cities like San Francisco, San Antonio, and Seattle are looking into swapping street lights as well.Los Angeles Has Swapped Out 140,000 Street Lights for Highly Efficient LEDS
June 20, 2013
The swapping stations were constructed so that they could only handle the custom-built Renault Fluence Z.E.Let’s All Say Kaddish for Better Place
May 28, 2013
Beyond that of swapping that firebreather of yours for another mount, I mean?Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
There was swapping of horses by the men or of fruit or vegetable preserves by the women.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
As they were swapping yarns a man rode into the settlement from the southwest.Historic Events of Colonial Days
Rupert S. Holland
I say, Mrs. Rivers,' he said, 'Swapping shouldn't be allowed.'The Following of the Star
Florence L. Barclay
And their swapping the prizes will make a peach of a follow-up story.Joan of the Journal
Helen Diehl Olds
- to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
- an exchange
- something that is exchanged
- Also called: swap option, swaption finance a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)
Word Origin and History for swapping
c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1590s, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. Related: Swapped; swapping. The noun in this sense is attested from 1620s.