[ swoth, swawth ]
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  1. the space covered by the stroke of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine.

  2. the piece or strip so cut.

  1. a line or ridge of grass, grain, or the like, cut and thrown together by a scythe or mowing machine.

  2. a strip, belt, or long and relatively narrow extent of anything.

Idioms about swath

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

Origin of swath

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

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British Dictionary definitions for swath


swathe (sweɪð)

/ (swɔːθ) /

nounplural swaths (swɔːðz) or swathes
  1. the width of one sweep of a scythe or of the blade of a mowing machine

  2. the strip cut by either of these in one course

  1. the quantity of cut grass, hay, or similar crop left in one course of such mowing

  2. a long narrow strip or belt

Origin of swath

Old English swæth; related to Old Norse svath smooth patch

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Other Idioms and Phrases with swath


see cut a wide swath.

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