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swoosh

[swoo sh] /swʊʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move with or make a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.
2.
to pour out swiftly.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to make or move with a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.
noun
4.
a swirling or rustling sound or movement.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; imitative
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  • swoosh design trademark printed with reflective ink.
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  • In between the dorsal fin and the peduncle is a grey swoosh known as the saddle patch.
  • In essence, the mortar departs the barrel with a swoosh rather than a bang.
British Dictionary definitions for swoosh

swoosh

/swʊʃ/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a rustling or swirling sound, esp when moving or pouring out
noun
2.
a swirling or rustling sound or movement
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin (probably influenced by swish and swoop)
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Word Origin and History for swoosh

1867, imitative of the sound intended. The Nike corporate logo so called from 1989.

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