(Swi"ple) n. [See Swipe.] That part of a flail which strikes the grain in thrashing; a swingel.
[Written also swipel, and swipple.]
(Swip"per) a. [From AS. swipian to whip, shake, whirl; akin to swapan to sweep. See Swoop.]
Nimble; quick. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Slang]
(Swirl) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Swirled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swirling.] [Akin to Norw. svirla to
whirl, freq. of sverra to whirl, Dan. svirre, G. schwirren to whiz, to buzz. &radic177. See Swarm,
n.] To whirl, or cause to whirl, as in an eddy. "The river swirled along." C. Kingsley.
(Swirl), n. A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; a whirl. "The silent swirl of bats." Mrs. Browning.
(Swish) v. t. [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]
1. To flourish, so as to make the sound swish. Coleridge.
2. To flog; to lash. [Slang] Thackeray.
(Swish), v. i. To dash; to swash.
1. A sound of quick movement, as of something whirled through the air. [Colloq.]
2. (Naut.) Light driven spray. [Eng.]
(Swiss) n.sing. & pl. [F. Suisse, of German origin. Cf. Switzer.] A native or inhabitant of Switzerland; a
Switzer; the people of Switzerland.
(Swiss), a. Of or pertaining to Switzerland, or the people of Switzerland.
(Switch) n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. Swink, Swing.]
1. A small, flexible twig or rod.
Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a
2. (Railways) A movable part of a rail; or of opposite rails, for transferring cars from one track to another.
3. A separate mass or trees of hair, or of some substance (at jute) made to resemble hair, worn on the
head by women.
4. (Elec.) A mechanical device for shifting an electric current to another circuit.
Safety switch (Railways), a form of switch contrived to prevent or lessen the danger of derailment of
trains. Switch back (Railways), an arrangement of tracks whereby elevations otherwise insurmountable
are passed. The track ascends by a series of zigzags, the engine running alternately forward and back,
until the summit is reached. Switch board (Elec.), a collection of switches in one piece of apparatus,
so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected or combined in any desired manner. Switch
grass. (Bot.) See under Grass.
(Switch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Switched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Switching.]
1. To strike with a switch or small flexible rod; to whip. Chapman.
2. To swing or whisk; as, to switch a cane.