- 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 swathes
Historical Examples of swathes
Death, issuing from that great power of artillery, laid the soldiers in swathes.The Long Roll
A Maxim they had with them also swept horses and men away in swathes.The Invasion
William Le Queux
When they met again, he had his head bound up with swathes of linen.Swirling Waters
Lavishing her silky spray, she swathes them and then sucks the body at her ease.The Life of the Spider
J. Henri Fabre
It swathes those impossible masses in draperies soothingly uncertain of outline.In Defense of Women
H. L. Mencken
- 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 for swathe
Word Origin and History for swathes
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).