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[swoch] /swɒtʃ/
a sample of cloth or other material.
a sample, patch, or characteristic specimen of anything.
1505-15; akin to switch Unabridged
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Examples for swatch
  • When disposing of items such as carpet and wall paper, keep a swatch or other sample of the damaged item for the adjuster.
  • If so, try to keep a swatch or other sample of the items for the adjuster.
  • If you dispose of items, keep a swatch or sample for the adjustor.
  • Look at a swatch of it and you will want to throw your hair into a side ponytail and make a bowl of microwave popcorn.
  • At this point, a swatch of the movie seems to have been excised.
  • Mouse-over an option swatch to view this item with that option.
  • Click on a swatch to view a larger detailed picture.
  • We also have hundreds of swatch books you can review to help make your choice easier.
  • It is definitely enough for the flying squirrel, whose aerodynamic specialty comes courtesy of a swatch of skin called a patagium.
  • Single-Click somewhere around the layer's legend swatch or the layer's name to make the layer the active layer.
British Dictionary definitions for swatch


a sample of cloth
a number of such samples, usually fastened together in book form
  1. a small sample of colour supplied to the printer for matching during printing
  2. a sample of ink spread on paper by a printer to check the accuracy of a required colour
Word Origin
C16: Scottish and northern English, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for swatch
1512, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1612, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1647.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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