Swath bank, a row of new-mown grass. [Prov. Eng.]

(Swathe) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swathed (swa&thligd); p. pr. & vb. n. Swathing.] [OE. swathen, AS. sweðain. See Swath, n., and cf. Swaddle.] To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers.

Their children are never swathed or bound about with any thing when they are first born.
Abp. Abbot.

(Swathe), n. A bandage; a band; a swath.

Wrapped me in above an hundred yards of swathe.

Milk and a swathe, at first, his whole demand.

The solemn glory of the afternoon, with its long swathes of light between the far off rows of limes.
G. Eliot.

(Swath"er) n. [See Swath, n.] (Agric.) A device attached to a mowing machine for raising the uncut fallen grain and marking the limit of the swath.

(Swat"te) obs. imp. of Sweat. Chaucer.

(Sway) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swaying.] [OE. sweyen, Icel. sveigja, akin to E. swing; cf. D. zwaaijen to wield, swing. See Swing, and cf. Swag, v. i.]

1. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.

As sparkles from the anvil rise,
When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed.

2. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.

The will of man is by his reason swayed.

She could not sway her house.

This was the race
To sway the world, and land and sea subdue.

(Swat) obs. imp. of Sweat. Chaucer.

(Swatch) n.

1. A swath. [Obs.] Tusser.

2. A piece, pattern, or sample, generally of cloth. Halliwell. Jamieson.

(Swate) obs. imp. of Sweat. Thomson.

(Swath) n. [AS. swaðu 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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter/page Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.