His horse's hoofs had made no sound upon the sward and heather, and he had come upon the little group unawares.
The green of the sward had that pale look it puts on with the last rays, or with the dawning.
Mitaine stretched herself on the sward, sleeping with one eye and waking with the other.
Quickly the earth was shovelled in, and soon two mounds showed on the sward.
Probably the trees would grow again were it not for sheep and horses, but these preserve the sward.
It is but a strip of sward, but it is as wild as if in the midst of a forest.
There were only the trees to be seen, and through them small green vistas of sward.
The hills, though of great declivity, have a sward to their tops.
It extended to the point of the island and, like the sward in front of the house, was studded with ruins and covered with ivy.
His footstep, as it stole to me, had fallen on the sward without sound.
"grass-covered ground," Old English sweard "skin, rind" (of bacon, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *swarthu- (cf. Old Frisian swarde "skin of the head," Middle Dutch swarde "rind of bacon," German Schwarte "thick, hard skin, rind," Old Norse svörðr "walrus hide"). Meaning "sod, turf" developed c.1300, on notion of the "skin" of the earth (cf. Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær "greensward").