noun (plural swathes /sweɪðz/ or swaths /sweɪðz, swɒθs/)
- 1A row or line of grass, corn, or other crop as it falls or lies when mown or reaped: if the day is windy, the swathes should be high and narrow swathes of barleyMore example sentences
- It involves natural-looking gardens and swathes of grasses mixed with drifts of perennials chosen for their shape, color and hardiness.
- In the unlikely event of a sea entry into Dunedin, the traveller would see a small city ringed by large swathes of rough grass and trees, a ‘Town Belt’.
- Smith flashes a smile and scuffs his foot across a swath of browned grass where Greene and the other sprinters had vomited.
- 1.1A strip left clear by the passage of a mowing machine or scythe: the combine had cut a deep swathe around the border of the fieldsMore example sentences
- For major roads they cleared swathes as wide as the distance of two cannon shots.
- Esgar had planned to drive iron stakes every few feet, joined by lengths of chain, but that proved too costly, so he settled for clearing a swath as wide as a lady might cast a stone.
- Along the wall, they has cleared a swath as wide as a football field, shearing off row after row of houses.
- 2A broad strip or area of something: vast swathes of countryside • figurative a significant swathe of popular opinionMore example sentences
- In the fall of 2003, U.S. officials watched anxiously as a potent guerrilla resistance rose across broad swaths of northern and central Iraq.
- As we made our way to Minj, emerald green tea plantations and broad swaths of coffee trees revealed evidence of foreign development.
- In contrast, only modest efforts are now underway in the industry as a whole to integrate broad swaths of the enterprise.
cut a swathe through
- Pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change: AIDS has cut a swathe through battalions of ordinary peopleMore example sentences
- Shortly thereafter, she'd begun to rent a small house near where much of the earlier destruction had cut a swath through the town.
- Wald singled out AIDS, which is cutting a swath through many of the continent's armies.
- A gay stigma - particularly powerful in the still homophobic world of African-Americans - keeps the disease on the ‘down-low’ even as it cuts a swathe through whole populations.
cut a wide swath
- North American Attract a great deal of attention by trying to impress others.More example sentences
- After cutting a wide swath through dance music's hardest-hitting genres, Jackal & Hyde had such an itch to succeed that the duo plunged ahead and created its own brand of block-rocking sound.
- So, when you think about, it really cuts a wide swathe of people.
- Blockhead's instrumentals cut a wide swath away from his other contemporaries.
Old English swæth, swathu 'track, trace', of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwad(e) and German Schwade. In Middle English the term denoted a measure of the width of grassland, probably reckoned by a sweep of the mower's scythe.
verb[with object] (usually be swathed in)
- Wrap in several layers of fabric: his hands were swathed in bandagesMore example sentences
- 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.
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- A piece or strip of material in which something is wrapped: they wrapped the body inside a canvas swatheMore example sentences
- 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.