from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large aquatic birds of the family Anatidae chiefly of the genera Cygnus and Olor, having webbed feet, a long slender neck, and usually white plumage.
- n. See Cygnus.
- intransitive v. Chiefly British To travel around from place to place: "Swanning around Europe nowadays, are we?” ( Jeffrey Archer).
- intransitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To declare; swear. Used in the phrase I swan as an interjection. See Regional Note at vum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus, most of which have white plumage.
- n. One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.
- v. (intransitive) To travel from place to place with no fixed itinerary or purpose.
- v. To declare (chiefly in first-person present constructions).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninæ. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
- n. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody.
- n. The constellation Cygnus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swear: used in the phrase I swan, an expression of emphasis. Also swon.
- n. A large lamellirostral palmiped bird, of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Cygninæ, with a long and flexible neck, naked lores, reticulate tarsi, and simple or slightly lobed hallux. ; ; ;
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a swan, usually with the wings raised as it carries them when swimming. It is therefore not necessary to say in the blazon “with wings indorsed.” See below.
- n. In astronomy See Cygnus, 2.
- n. See def. 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sweep majestically
- n. stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- v. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
For instance, use of the term swan-upping is always greeted with a smile in England.
And something about our culture too, since people seem to assume that scientists are much smarter than non-scientists, even though that isn't necessarily the case (I'd say maybe differently smart). bamboo: Yeah, the the "ugly duckling" smart woman who takes off her glasses and takes her hair out of a bun to become a swan is a movie cliché that I hope I never see again (and I assume you mean that your wife is hot, not ugly with no social skills.) ed t: Doesn't his co-worker Leslie fit that bill?
"Let fly, then," says I, "in the name of God!" and with that I fired again among the amazed wretches, and so did Friday; and as our pieces were now loaded with what I call swan-shot, or small pistol-bullets, we found only two drop; but so many were wounded that they ran about yelling and screaming like mad creatures, all bloody, and most of them miserably wounded; whereof three more fell quickly after, though not quite dead.
Upper Ririe reservoir, north of St. Anthony Sand Dunes, the flats in swan valley are pretty good places.
In Tuesday's pictures, a Pakistani girl learns about the Quran, militants strike the parliament in Chechnya, a swan is captured on London streets and more.
The reason I asked about the swan is that I've known a few state wildlife biologists personally throughout the years.
Clio's swan is also missing at Gubbio, although it is difficult to imagine that the muse of History would not have been figured into both studioli by some erudite and clever means.
It may be that the swan is paddling furiously below the surface of the water, but one does not have a sense of great urgency.
It turns out the swan is controlling a work hole with an infinite field effect.
On the morrow the king, when he had shaken off slumber, told the vision to a man skilled in interpretations, who explained the wolf to denote a son that would be truculent and the word swan as signifying a daughter; and foretold that the son would be deadly to enemies and the daughter treacherous to her father.