Definition of swathe in English:


Syllabification: swathe
Pronunciation: /swäT͟H, swāT͟H


[with object] (usually be swathed in)
  • Wrap in several layers of fabric: his hands were swathed in bandages
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    • It was as if the models were swathed in giant fabric sample books, each layer peeling off to reveal another beneath.
    • Ayrshire landmark Ailsa Craig is swathed in a layer of mist, thick enough to maintain a veil of secrecy.
    • For the second day in a row the moors were swathed in mists first thing in the morning, a sea mist rolling in again to meet them, and the world damp, drizzly and chill.
    wrap, envelop, bind, swaddle, bandage, cover, shroud, drape, wind, enfold, sheathe


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  • A piece or strip of material in which something is wrapped.
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    • In fact, the swathe of material - about six yards long and two feet wide - is a saree, a traditional Indian dress.
    • There is a rough and ready quality to the portraits, which often feature a swathe of canvas carelessly draped, by leading Swiss photographer Christian Coigny.
    • Liquid Dreaming by lorrainemd is just plain pretty - especially that swathe of red material behind the model which looks more like ink diffused in water than fabric.


late Old English swath- (noun), swathian (verb); compare with swaddle.

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