(Swom) obs. imp. of Swim. Shak.

(Swoon) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Swooned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swooning.] [OE. swounen, swoghenen, for swonien, fr. swoen to sigh deeply, to droop, AS. swogan to sough, sigh; cf. geswogen senseless, swooned, geswowung a swooning. Cf. Sough.] To sink into a fainting fit, in which there is an apparent suspension of the vital functions and mental powers; to faint; — often with away.

The sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
Lam. ii. 11.

The most in years . . . swooned first away for pain.

He seemed ready to swoon away in the surprise of joy.

(Swoon), n. A fainting fit; syncope.

(Swoon"ing), a. & n. from Swoon, v.Swoon"ing*ly, adv.

(Swoop) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swooped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swooping.] [OE. swopen, usually, to sweep, As. swapan to sweep, to rush; akin to G. schweifen to rove, to ramble, to curve, OHG. sweifan to whirl, Icel. sveipa to sweep; also to AS. swifan to move quickly. Cf. Sweep, Swift, a. & n., Swipe, Swivel.]

1. To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing; as, a hawk swoops a chicken.

2. To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.

And now at last you came to swoop it all.

The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb] in with the common grass.

(Swoop), v. i.

1. To descend with closed wings from a height upon prey, as a hawk; to stoop.

2. To pass with pomp; to sweep. [Obs.] Drayton.

(Swoop), n. A falling on and seizing, as the prey of a rapacious bird; the act of swooping.

The eagle fell, . . . and carried away a whole litter of cubs at a swoop.

(Swoop"stake`) n. See Sweepstake. [Obs.]

(Swoop"stake`), adv. Altogether; indiscriminately. [R.] Shak.

(Swop) v. & n. Same as Swap. Dryden.

(Sword) n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sverð, Sw. svärd, Dan. sværd; of uncertain origin.]

1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually sharp-pointed blade with a cutting edge or edges. It is the general term, including the small sword, rapier, saber, scimiter, and many other varieties.

2. Hence, the emblem of judicial vengeance or punishment, or of authority and power.

He [the ruler] beareth not the sword in vain.
Rom. xiii. 4.

She quits the balance, and resigns the sword.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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