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swathe1

[swoth, sweyth] /swɒð, sweɪð/
verb (used with object), swathed, swathing.
1.
to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
2.
to bandage.
3.
to enfold or envelop, as wrappings do.
4.
to wrap (cloth, rope, etc.) around something.
noun
5.
a band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped; wrapping; bandage.
Origin
late Old English
1050
before 1050; (noun) Middle English; Old English *swæth or *swath (in swathum dative plural); cf. swaddle; (v.) Middle English swathen, late Old English swathian, derivative of the noun; cognate with Old Norse svatha

swathe2

[swoth, sweyth] /swɒð, sweɪð/
noun
1.
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Examples from the web for swathe
  • The ambiance is slightly dressy, but a wide swathe of society frequents the restaurant and casual clothing is fine.
  • Above and below sky and sea united to swathe us in their glorious blue.
  • The drops cut a wide swathe across the world, with exports plummeting in rich and poor countries alike.
  • The tea-partiers' gripes are shared by a huge swathe of the electorate.
  • The blood of its unsung martyrs will flow across the land leaving a crimson swathe, from border to border.
  • When the nature of production in a large swathe of the economy changes, a lot of things change with it.
British Dictionary definitions for swathe

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

swathe

/sweɪð/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bandage (a wound, limb, etc), esp completely
2.
to wrap a band, garment, etc, around, esp so as to cover completely; swaddle
3.
to envelop
noun
4.
a bandage or wrapping
5.
a variant spelling of swath
Derived Forms
swathable, swatheable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English swathian; related to swæthel swaddling clothes, Old High German swedil, Dutch zwadel; see swaddle
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Word Origin and History for swathe
v.

Old English swaþian "to swathe," from swaðu "track, trace, band" (see swath). The noun meaning "infant's swaddling bands" was found in Old English as swaþum (dative plural).

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