(Swat) obs. imp. of Sweat. Chaucer.
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.
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.Addison.
Milk and a swathe, at first, his whole demand.Young.
The solemn glory of the afternoon, with its long swathes of light between the far off rows of limes.G.
(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,Spenser.
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
The will of man is by his reason swayed.Shak.
She could not sway her house.Shak.
This was the raceDryden.
To sway the world, and land and sea subdue.