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swath

[swoth, swawth] /swɒθ, swɔθ/
noun
1.
the space covered by the stroke of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine.
2.
the piece or strip so cut.
3.
a line or ridge of grass, grain, or the like, cut and thrown together by a scythe or mowing machine.
4.
a strip, belt, or long and relatively narrow extent of anything.
Idioms
5.
cut a swath, to make a pretentious display; attract notice:
The new doctor cut a swath in the small community.
Also, swathe.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English swæth footprint; cognate with German Shwade
Can be confused
swath, swathe.
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Examples for swath
  • We turn into a swath of deep green as twilight seeps into dark.
  • In the future, a wide swath of companies will sell power.
  • Innovations, especially digital ones, leave a swath of devastatingly outdated art materials in their wake.
  • She samples a narrow swath of research and makes inappropriately broad claims that satisfy many readers initial biases.
  • Now a huge swath of west-facing slope-and the pesky stone structures thereon-have been cleared to make way for a small farm.
  • But today's ruling potentially cuts a much wider swath.
  • But, while the regulations may apply to a broad swath of people, not everybody affected can actually read them.
  • The flow of water through a swath of drought-stricken farmland is complicated.
  • Any sizable swath of student papers will fairly quickly differentiate themselves, in your mind, according to quality.
  • If we're going to create a new cropping system for energy production, let's not establish another swath of monoculture.
British Dictionary definitions for swath

swath

/swɔːθ/
noun (pl) swaths (swɔːðz), swathes
1.
the width of one sweep of a scythe or of the blade of a mowing machine
2.
the strip cut by either of these in one course
3.
the quantity of cut grass, hay, or similar crop left in one course of such mowing
4.
a long narrow strip or belt
Word Origin
Old English swæth; related to Old Norse svath smooth patch
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Word Origin and History for swath
n.

Old English swæð, swaðu "track, trace, band," from Proto-Germanic *swathan, *swatho (cf. Old Frisian swethe "boundary made by a scythe," Middle Dutch swade, German Schwad "a row of cut grass"); ulterior connections uncertain. Meaning "space covered by the single cut of a scythe" emerged late 15c., and that of "strip, lengthwise extent" is from c.1600.

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