verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of sward
Examples from the Web for sward
Historical Examples of sward
The regular beat of hoofs upon the sward followed; then an alternating tap-tap of horse's feet diminished down the trail.Lazarre
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Flint lounged on the sward, whistling softly as he whittled at a fallen bough.On Picket Duty and Other Tales
Louisa May Alcott
To effect his object, he dismounted and led his horse through the gates, turning from gravel to sward, to keep in the dusk.Sandra Belloni, Complete
Forests and sward grow profusely to the summits of the mountains and hills.
He passed the shore of the Long Pond, and heard the waves dashing on the stones, and felt the spray driven far up on the sward.Wood Magic
Word Origin 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").