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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 of swathe1
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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British Dictionary definitions for swathes

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 swathes

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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