from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The width of a scythe stroke or a mowing-machine blade.
- n. A path of this width made in mowing.
- n. The mown grass or grain lying on such a path.
- n. Something likened to a swath; a strip.
- idiom cut a swath To create a great stir, impression, or display: "He cut a bold and even sacrificial swath across American politics” ( Gail Sheehy).
- idiom cut a swath To extend in distinctive physical length and width: "the surprising 17th Arrondissement, which cuts a generous swath across northwest Paris” ( Jean Rafferty).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The track cut out by a scythe in mowing.
- n. A broad sweep or expanse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A line of grass or grain cut and thrown together by the scythe in mowing or cradling.
- n. The whole sweep of a scythe, or the whole breadth from which grass or grain is cut by a scythe or a machine, in mowing or cradling.
- n. A band or fillet; a swathe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A line or ridge of grass, or grain, or the like, cut and thrown together by a scythe or mowing-machine: often used figuratively.
- n. The whole reach or sweep of a scythe or cut of a mowing-machine; also, the path or passage so cut: as, a wide swath: often used figuratively.
- n. A track; trace.
- n. Same as swathe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
- n. the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine
Middle English swathe, from Old English swæth, track.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English swæþ, swathu ("track, trace, scar"). (Wiktionary)