Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device with curved arms extending diagonally backward, fixed to the end of the cutter-bar of a reaper or mower to lift up uncut stalks, and throw those that are cut in such a way as to mark a line of separation between the uncut and the cut.
- n. A device on a mowing machine or combine harvester that raises uncut grain and marks the edge of the swathe
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Agric.) A device attached to a mowing machine for raising the uncut fallen grain and marking the limit of the swath.
“A swather is a piece of equipment that cuts hay or small grain crops into windrows before baling.”
“Skeeter looked like I'd run over his dog with a swather.”
“I drove heavy equipment - hay swather, tractors - starting at around 14 years old, before I had a driver's license.”
“Hubby think it is due to the swather hay mowing machine.”
“I know that a lot of my readers would consider a trade like this to be completely offensive and a total betrayal of innocence, but if he's so dumb as to pony up a perfectly good swather, that's his problem.”
“I won't let her go for anything less than my neighbor's '86 John Deere swather.”
“This is a picture of the swather that cuts the hay down.”
“Then we go over the hay with this little tractor (my favorite) and an implement called a rake. (this photo doesn't show the rake) It goes down between two windrows that the swather makes and turns the hay over into the center, making a larger windrow.”
“All the way from bouncing around on a horse mower to a $70,000 swather.”
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