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[swoth, sweyth] /swɒð, sweɪð/
verb (used with object), swathed, swathing.
to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
to bandage.
to enfold or envelop, as wrappings do.
to wrap (cloth, rope, etc.) around something.
a band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped; wrapping; bandage.
Origin of swathe1
late Old English
before 1050; (noun) Middle English; Old English *swæth or *swath (in swathum dative plural); cf. swaddle; (v.) Middle English swathen, late Old English swathian, derivative of the noun; cognate with Old Norse svatha


[swoth, sweyth] /swɒð, sweɪð/
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Examples from the Web for swathe
Historical Examples
  • He would not be at the pains even to swathe his own legs or strap his own sandals.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • swathe the body in the thickest of non-conductors of heat, and what happens?

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • They sometimes so swathe the peaks with light as to abolish their definition.

  • Where the swathe of the scythe is wide men's souls expand in heart qualities.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • They swathe their bodies from neck to ankle with gaily coloured calico.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • They swathe their heads in old lace which declines to drape gracefully about their cheeks.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • The Chinese swathe the feet of their infant females; and they are not only small, but weak.

    The Young Mother William A. Alcott
  • "He said it made the swathe better there than any where else," they reply.

  • Pitou was literally buried beneath the swathe, and bathed by the warm and nauseating stream.

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • And all unseen by you a host of heaven-sent fatuities swathes him about, even, maybe, as they swathe you about.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for swathe


verb (transitive)
to bandage (a wound, limb, etc), esp completely
to wrap a band, garment, etc, around, esp so as to cover completely; swaddle
to envelop
a bandage or wrapping
a variant spelling of swath
Derived Forms
swathable, swatheable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English swathian; related to swæthel swaddling clothes, Old High German swedil, Dutch zwadel; see swaddle
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Word Origin and History for swathe

Old English swaþian "to swathe," from swaðu "track, trace, band" (see swath). The noun meaning "infant's swaddling bands" was found in Old English as swaþum (dative plural).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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