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- n. A swash (narrow sound or channel of water).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as 4th swash, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deep swampy place in large sands in the sea.
- n. Same as swash, 3.
Once in the swashway, which is the name given to a narrow channel between the sands, the waves were less high.
At last they were through the swashway; and though the sea was again heavier, and the waves frequently swept over the decks, Jack gave a sigh of relief.
Now, Tom, before we get well away again get the last reef in the mainsail, then we can haul the tack down taut again; the sail will stand much better so, and we shall want to keep her all to windward if she is to go through the swashway. "