American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Old English swæþ, swathu ("track, trace, scar"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English swathe, from Old English swæth, track. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Through Tonight: The evening's looking pretty pleasant as the main swath of cloudiness holds off until after sunset.”
“The Michoud Assembly Facility east of New Orleans and the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., both were located along the main swath of the storm's devastation.”
“Bill Cosby tried, Chatter, but he got attacked for his sexual piccadilloes (a method used to silence his otherwise pithy words about what’s wrong with these certain young blacks - BTW, let’s not paint any other blacks with this brush …. the swath is narrow … it only includes those young men and women who commit the crimes and intimidate others).”
“GRACE: Jim, how large of a swath is the Gulf Coast going to take the hit?”
“The "swath" she is winning may be the racially intolerant white voters. liar, liar, pants on fire”
“I had a great time, but I know I only saw a tiny "swath" of what was going on over the weekend, and some of the other 77,000 fans who attended have been reporting back as well.”
“I saw the "yellow brick road" as some kind of swath of leopard-print fabric.”
“He said, usually you see some kind of swath if there's been a tornado.”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Randy Tom here, from your bird's eye view as Bill said, are you able to see any kind of swath that this storm basically carved through Florida or is it just too wide a thing to see from the air?”
“First the reapers were shown, swaying as they walked along, each one cutting his "swath," or path, through the standing grain.”
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