swath

[ swoth, swawth ]
/ swɒθ, swɔθ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. swashing,
  2. swashingly,
  3. swastika,
  4. swat,
  5. swatch,
  6. swathe,
  7. swati,
  8. swatow,
  9. swats,
  10. swatter

Idioms

    cut a swath, to make a pretentious display; attract notice: The new doctor cut a swath in the small community.

Also swathe.

Origin of swath

before 900; Middle English; Old English swæth footprint; cognate with German Shwade

Can be confusedswath swathe

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British Dictionary definitions for swath

swath

swathe (sweɪð)

/ (swɔːθ) /

noun plural swaths (swɔːðz) or swathes

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 for swath

Old English swæth; related to Old Norse svath smooth patch

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Word Origin and History for swath

swath

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with swath

swath

see cut a wide swath.

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