American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sample strip cut from a piece of material.
- n. A representative portion; a sample: quoted swatches of the speech in his article.
- n. A strip or swath of land: "I . . . drove through this hilly swatch of field and forest that wraps around the east and north of town” ( Jean Anderson).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swath.
- n. A piece or strip, as of cloth, especially one cut off for a pattern or sample: now only in trade use.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A swath.
- n. A piece, pattern, or sample, generally of cloth.
- n. a sample piece of cloth
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Jean, The Christine Duchrow swatch is seriously beautiful.”
“You should always knit a piece at least 4″ square called a swatch to check your gauge.”
“If you want to use up the yarn, wait until you are at the end of the project in case you need to refer to the swatch as you work on the project.”
“Watching Washington wrestle with how to cut another swatch from the national budget cloth is getting darn depressing.”
“On this north-west part of the Goodwins, on which hours of the deepest interest could be spent, you can walk a distance of at least two miles, but you are separated by the great north-east swatch of deep water from getting to the extensive north-east jaw on the other side of the swatch, which is also full of wrecks, and round and along the edges of which, on the calmest day, somehow the surf and breakers for ever roar.”
“I hope that by frogging the "swatch" I can keep myself focussed on the linen shawl and the cabled cardigan.”
“Glauber's salt, and the weight of the swatch which is being used is 5 grammes, the following calculations are to be made to give the quantities of the ingredients required: --”
“Glauber's salt, and the weight of the swatch which is being used is 5 grams.”
“He knew her sea qualities; and as the ship tugged at her chains, moving to and fro on the swell, she kept a fine "swatch" of open water round her.”
“You can find a color match between your gown and one of the pieces ribbon, so you have a "swatch" to take along with you to design meetings.”
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