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[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with object), swapped, swapping.
to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another:
He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
verb (used without object), swapped, swapping.
to make an exchange.
an exchange:
He got the radio in a swap.
Also, swop.
Origin of swap
1300-50; Middle English swappen to strike, strike hands (in bargaining); cognate with dialectal German schwappen to box (the ears)
Related forms
swapper, noun
unswapped, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swapping
  • Imagine dropping your entire photo collection down the drain when swapping out cards from the camera.
  • Case further illustrates the complexity of gender swapping as a vehicle for self-reflection.
  • House swapping is a way to make travel much more affordable.
  • They're soon swapping fours as they scat, and they've got every bit the chemistry they did on the show.
  • For them, it's using tap water and swapping out incandescent light bulbs for florescent.
  • And as battery technology was upgraded, you'd be offered the chance to upgrade or to continue swapping with the older technology.
  • Interesting that the two comments above bring up the idea of battery swapping instead of recharging.
  • Forty years on, both countries appear to be nearing an agreement to solve the insoluble-by swapping territory.
  • But she is swapping that ambition for the chance to run her city.
  • Since then little progress has been made in swapping information between tax authorities.
British Dictionary definitions for swapping


verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping, swopped
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
an exchange
something that is exchanged
(finance) Also called swap option, 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)
Derived Forms
swapper, swopper, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for swapping



c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1590s, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. Related: Swapped; swapping. The noun in this sense is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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swapping in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for swapping


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