- the grassy surface of land; turf.
- a stretch of turf; a growth of grass.
- to cover with sward or turf.
- to become covered with sward.
Origin of sward
Examples from the Web for sward
The priest had seen it, for he had the child pickaback and was running across the sward.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
His deemsters and barons are about him, and his people are on the sward below.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
The green of the sward had that pale look it puts on with the last rays, or with the dawning.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
Quickly the earth was shovelled in, and soon two mounds showed on the sward.A Memory Of The Southern Seas
It is but a strip of sward, but it is as wild as if in the midst of a forest.The Toilers of the Field
- turf or grass or a stretch of turf or grass
- to cover or become covered with grass
Word Origin and History for sward
"grass-covered ground," Old English sweard "skin, rind" (of bacon, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *swarthu- (cf. Old Frisian swarde "skin of the head," Middle Dutch swarde "rind of bacon," German Schwarte "thick, hard skin, rind," Old Norse svörðr "walrus hide"). Meaning "sod, turf" developed c.1300, on notion of the "skin" of the earth (cf. Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær "greensward").