swap

[swop]
verb (used with object), swapped, swapping.
1.
to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another: He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
verb (used without object), swapped, swapping.
2.
to make an exchange.
noun
3.
an exchange: He got the radio in a swap.
Also, swop.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English swappen to strike, strike hands (in bargaining); cognate with dialectal German schwappen to box (the ears)

swapper, noun
unswapped, adjective
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swap or swop (swɒp)
 
vb , swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping, swopped
1.  to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
 
n
2.  an exchange
3.  something that is exchanged
4.  finance swap option, Also called: swaption a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)
 
[C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin]
 
swop or swop
 
vb
 
n
 
[C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin]
 
'swapper or swop
 
n
 
'swopper or swop
 
n

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Word Origin & History

swap
c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1594, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. The noun in this sense is attested from 1625.
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Slang Dictionary

swap

vt.
1. [techspeak] To move information from a fast-access memory to a slow-access memory (`swap out'), or vice versa (`swap in'). Often refers specifically to the use of disks as `virtual memory'. As pieces of data or program are needed, they are swapped into core for processing; when they are no longer needed they may be swapped out again.
2. The jargon use of these terms analogizes people's short-term memories with core. Cramming for an exam might be spoken of as swapping in. If you temporarily forget someone's name, but then remember it, your excuse is that it was swapped out. To `keep something swapped in' means to keep it fresh in your memory: "I reread the TECO manual every few months to keep it swapped in." If someone interrupts you just as you got a good idea, you might say "Wait a moment while I swap this out", implying that a piece of paper is your extra-somatic memory and that if you don't swap the idea out by writing it down it will get overwritten and lost as you talk. Compare page in, page out.
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Computing Dictionary

swap definition

operating system
To move a program from fast-access memory to a slow-access memory ("swap out"), or vice versa ("swap in"). The term often refers specifically to the use of a hard disk (or a swap file) as virtual memory or "swap space".
When a program is to be executed, possibly as determined by a scheduler, it is swapped into core for processing; when it can no longer continue executing for some reason, or the scheduler decides its time slice has expired, it is swapped out again.
This contrasts with "paging" systems in which only parts of a program's memory is transfered.
[Jargon File]
(1996-11-22)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SWAP
severe weather avoidance procedures
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Example sentences
Court ruled that those swap agreements were not legal because the council was
  not authorized to trade speculatively.
The next great development in risk management was the swap.
When in need, you probably swap something you have-including money-for
  something you don't.
Bacteria swap genes with their neighbors more frequently than researchers have
  realized.
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