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[swoth, sweyth] /swɒð, sweɪð/
verb (used with object), swathed, swathing.
to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
to bandage.
to enfold or envelop, as wrappings do.
to wrap (cloth, rope, etc.) around something.
a band of linen or the like in which something is wrapped; wrapping; bandage.
late Old English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swathing
  • Inside the van the scientists pulled aside layers of cloth swathing the king.
  • Research on swathing time of borage will start with the physiological maturity of the seeds.
  • swathing and windrowing also are useful for harvesting cuphea.
  • Alfalfa plants are progressing past the optimal swathing window, compromising the quality of hay.
  • Start swathing when about two-thirds of the pods turn from green to yellow.
  • Harvesting seed is best accomplished by swathing, followed by combining of the cured windrows.
  • Harvesting seed is best accomplished by swathing, followed by combining of the windrows.
  • Pod and seed infection can occur before or after swathing, resulting in brown to purple seed discoloration and shriveling.
  • Harvesting is best completed by swathing, followed by combining of the cured rows.
  • Seed harvest of prairie coneflower is effective by several methods such as swathing and combining or direct-combining.
British Dictionary definitions for swathing


verb (transitive)
to bandage (a wound, limb, etc), esp completely
to wrap a band, garment, etc, around, esp so as to cover completely; swaddle
to envelop
a bandage or wrapping
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 swathing



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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