swathe

1
[swoth, sweyth]

verb (used with object), swathed, swath·ing.

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.

noun

a band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped; wrapping; bandage.

Nearby words

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

Origin of swathe

1
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

swathe

2
[swoth, sweyth]

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for swathe

swathe

verb (tr)

to bandage (a wound, limb, etc), esp completely
to wrap a band, garment, etc, around, esp so as to cover completely; swaddle
to envelop

noun

a bandage or wrapping
a variant spelling of swath
Derived Formsswathable or swatheable, adjective

Word Origin for swathe

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

swathe

v.

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).

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