1. To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently. C. Richardson
All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.Chaucer.
2. To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
(Swap), n. [Cf. G. schwapp, n., a slap, swap, schwapp, schwapps, interj., slap! smack! and E.
1. A blow; a stroke. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. An exchange; a barter. [Colloq.] Sir W. Scott.
(Swap), adv. [See Swap, n.] Hastily. [Prov. Eng.]
(Swape) n. See Sweep, n., 12.
(Sward) n. [AS. sweard skin, covering; akin to OFries. swarge, D. zwoord, G. schwarte, Icel.
svörr skin, sward of the earth.]
1. Skin; covering. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
2. The grassy surface of land; that part of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass; turf.
The sward was trim as any garden lawn.Tennyson. Sward pork, bacon in large fitches. [Prov. Eng.]
(Sward), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Swarded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swarding.] To produce sward
upon; to cover, or be covered, with sward. Mortimer.
(Sward"-cut`ter) n. (a) A plow for turning up grass land. (b) A lawn mower.
(Sward"ed), a. Covered with sward. Mrs. Browning.
(Sward"y) a. Covered with sward or grass.
(Sware) imp. of Swear. [Obs. or Poetic]
Cophetua sware a royal oath.Tennyson.
(Swarf) v. i. [Cf. Swerve.] To grow languid; to faint. [Scot.] "To swarf for very hunger." Sir W.
(Swarf), n. [Cf. Swerve.] The grit worn away from grindstones in grinding cutlery wet. [Prov.
(Swarm) v. i. [Cf. Swerve.] To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms
and legs alternately. See Shin. [Colloq.]
At the top was placed a piece of money, as a prize for those who could swarm up and seize it.W.
(Swarm), n. [OE. swarm, AS. swearm; akin to D. zwerm, G. schwarm, OHG. swaram, Icel.
svarmr a tumult, Sw. svärm a swarm, Dan. sværm, and G. schwirren to whiz, to buzz, Skr. svar to
sound, and perhaps to E. swear. &radic177. Cf. Swerve, Swirl.]