- a low place in a tract of land, usually moister and often having ranker vegetation than the adjacent higher land.
- a valleylike intersection of two slopes in a piece of land.
Origin of swale
Examples from the Web for swale
No breath of air stirred the foliage or the bending rushes in the swale.In the Valley
"Oh, it's just that swale to the right of the driveway," said Rufus.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
"He may be in the swale," muttered the watcher as he stood with his eye to the loop-hole.A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen
There are areas of swale, or wet bottom-lands, which may be drained to advantage.A Report on Washington Territory
William Henry Ruffner
Myton is on the Swale, near its junction with the Ure, and so a little east of Boroughbridge.The Bruce
- mainly US
- a moist depression in a tract of land, usually with rank vegetation
- (as modifier)swell and swale topography
Word Origin and History for swale
"low, hollow place, often boggy," 1580s, special use of Scottish swaill "low, hollow place," or dialectal East Anglian swale "shady place" (mid-15c.); both probably from Old Norse svalr "cool," from Proto-Germanic *swalaz.