- the space covered by the stroke of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine.
- the piece or strip so cut.
- a line or ridge of grass, grain, or the like, cut and thrown together by a scythe or mowing machine.
- a strip, belt, or long and relatively narrow extent of anything.
- cut a swath, to make a pretentious display; attract notice: The new doctor cut a swath in the small community.
Origin of swath
Examples from the Web for swath
Still, a 30-something who knows his way around a cufflink is viewed with some suspicion by a swath of the French left.This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around
August 31, 2014
He spoke of how well the present campaign had done in his home borough, particularly in a swath that he termed West Brooklyn.Bill De Blasio’s Retro Values Are Back in Fashion
September 30, 2013
A swath of regular military allies have sought postponements or rejected the idea of firing missiles toward Damascus.With Britain Out, Allies Abandon Obama on Syria
August 30, 2013
In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry.When the Wells Go Dry in the Great Plains
May 20, 2013
Why would Kristen choose to cheat with her SWATH director when she had Thor the god of thunder on the same movie set?
Steel-Blue had cut a swath around him 15 feet deep and five feet wide.Acid Bath
Now you can understand the width of the swath he cuts in these parts.The Rainy Day Railroad War
I devastated a swath of territory fifty miles wide and a hundred miles long.At Good Old Siwash
He is rather excitable and erratic, but he cuts quite a swath here.Polly the Pagan
His scythe is one that don't need any grindstun, and his swath is one that must be cut.Sweet Cicely
Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
- the width of one sweep of a scythe or of the blade of a mowing machine
- the strip cut by either of these in one course
- the quantity of cut grass, hay, or similar crop left in one course of such mowing
- a long narrow strip or belt
Word Origin and History for swath
Old English swæð, swaðu "track, trace, band," from Proto-Germanic *swathan, *swatho (cf. Old Frisian swethe "boundary made by a scythe," Middle Dutch swade, German Schwad "a row of cut grass"); ulterior connections uncertain. Meaning "space covered by the single cut of a scythe" emerged late 15c., and that of "strip, lengthwise extent" is from c.1600.
Idioms and Phrases with swath
see cut a wide swath.