verb (used with object), swathed, swath·ing.
Origin of swathe1
Examples from the Web for swathes
The Thug, like many native Indians of his class—a low one—swathes his feet in strips of linen stuff.The House of Strange Secrets|A. Eric Bayly
It swathes those impossible masses in draperies soothingly uncertain of outline.In Defense of Women|H. L. Mencken
He rushed into the Home Field, jumping over the swathes till he was tired, and kicking the grass about with his feet.Wood Magic|Richard Jefferies
Swathes as wide as 50 feet are thus treated, the grain being threshed out while the machine moves.The Romance of Modern Mechanism|Archibald Williams
The Epeira interrupts her work, hurries to the giddy-pate, swathes him and takes her fill of him where he lies.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
Word Origin 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).