- 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.
- a band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped; wrapping; bandage.
Origin of swathe1
Examples from the Web for swathe
He would not be at the pains even to swathe his own legs or strap his own sandals.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Swathe the body in the thickest of non-conductors of heat, and what happens?The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
They sometimes so swathe the peaks with light as to abolish their definition.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Where the swathe of the scythe is wide men's souls expand in heart qualities.War and the Weird
They swathe their bodies from neck to ankle with gaily coloured calico.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
- to bandage (a wound, limb, etc), esp completely
- to wrap a band, garment, etc, around, esp so as to cover completely; swaddle
- to envelop
- a bandage or wrapping
- a variant spelling of swath
Word Origin and History for swathe
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).