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- n. : alternative form of swoon
- v. : alternative form of swoon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. See swoon, v. & n.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swoon.
- n. A swoon.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In this ice-sounding, noise similizes the assault: swound is a ghost of sound,
Like noises in a swound is not after anything so mundane as mimesis.
It was a very hard seat which Mr. Jeffreys had vacated, and her ladyship, after sitting there over two hours, nodding asleep a good part of the time, began to feel internal sinkings and flutterings which presaged what she called a "swound," and necessitated recourse to a crystal flask of strong waters which she had prudently brought in her muff.
And (we may well wonder in reflex) what the hell is that swound flaunted for reference?
For his retro-ballad of 1798, Coleridge recalls swound as a forgotten sound, an archaeology unearthed: it's swoon old-form (same etymology),  and (even better!) a variant of sound.
Children, shee fell downe in a swound uppon the shore.
Sorrow and rage, shame, and his honors pride, Choking his soule, madly compeld him raue, Vntil his rage with vigor did confound His heauie hart; and left him in a swound.
He sits all the time like an old woman in a swound.
A silence that was like a swound fell on the instant, and the light within went out at a puff.
What was in my mind most when I was not altogether in the swound of wearied flesh was the spae-wife's story of the girl in
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