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Swath definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SWATH, n. swoth.
1. A line of grass or grain cut and thrown together by the sythe in mowing or cradling.
2. The whole breadth or sweep of a sythe in mowing or cradling; as a wide swath.
3. A band or fillet. They wrapped me in a hundred yards of swath.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine
2: a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing) [syn: swath, belt]

Merriam Webster's

or swathe noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swęth footstep, trace; akin to Middle High German swade swath Date: 14th century 1. a. a row of cut grain or grass left by a scythe or mowing machine b. the sweep of a scythe or a machine in mowing or the path cut in one course 2. a long broad strip or belt 3. a stroke of or as if of a scythe 4. a space devastated as if by a scythe

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also swathe) (pl. swaths or swathes) 1 a ridge of grass or corn etc. lying after being cut. 2 a space left clear after the passage of a mower etc. 3 a broad strip. Phrases and idioms: cut a wide swath be effective in destruction. Etymology: OE swæth, swathu

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Swath Swath (sw[add]th; 277), n. [AS. swa[eth]u a track, trace; akin to D. zwaad, zwad, zwade, a swath of grass, G. schwad, schwaden; perhaps, originally, a shred. Cf. Swathe, v. t.] 1. A line of grass or grain cut and thrown together by the scythe in mowing or cradling. 2. The whole sweep of a scythe, or the whole breadth from which grass or grain is cut by a scythe or a machine, in mowing or cradling; as, to cut a wide swath. 3. A band or fillet; a swathe. --Shak. Swath bank, a row of new-mown grass. [Prov. Eng.]

Moby Thesaurus

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