Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sample strip cut from a piece of material.
  • noun A representative portion; a sample.
  • noun A strip or swath of land.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A swath.
  • noun A piece or strip, as of cloth, especially one cut off for a pattern or sample: now only in trade use.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A swath.
  • noun A piece, pattern, or sample, generally of cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A piece, pattern, or sample, generally of cloth or a similar material.
  • verb To create a swatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sample piece of cloth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

Examples

  • Jean, The Christine Duchrow swatch is seriously beautiful.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Watching Washington wrestle with how to cut another swatch from the national budget cloth is getting darn depressing.

    Tara Sonenshine: Another Continuing Resolution: A Real Life Fairy Tale in Washington

  • If you want to use up the yarn, wait until you are at the end of the project in case you need to refer to the swatch as you work on the project.

    A Passion for Knitting

  • You should always knit a piece at least 4″ square called a swatch to check your gauge.

    A Passion for Knitting

  • Watching Washington wrestle with how to cut another swatch from the national budget cloth is getting darn depressing.

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  • On this north-west part of the Goodwins, on which hours of the deepest interest could be spent, you can walk a distance of at least two miles, but you are separated by the great north-east swatch of deep water from getting to the extensive north-east jaw on the other side of the swatch, which is also full of wrecks, and round and along the edges of which, on the calmest day, somehow the surf and breakers for ever roar.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • I hope that by frogging the "swatch" I can keep myself focussed on the linen shawl and the cabled cardigan.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • I hope that by frogging the "swatch" I can keep myself focussed on the linen shawl and the cabled cardigan.

    Pi Shawl

  • Glauber's salt, and the weight of the swatch which is being used is 5 grammes, the following calculations are to be made to give the quantities of the ingredients required: --

    The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics

  • Glauber's salt, and the weight of the swatch which is being used is 5 grams.

    The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics A Practical Handbook for the Dyer and Student

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  • Scots - to take a swatch at something is to take a look. Rhymes with catch.

    December 26, 2007

  • "Freedom to organize constitutes a unique swatch in Canada's constitutional fabric, as difficult to exercise as it is fundamental, into which legislative protection is historically woven." - Supreme Court of Canada in Dunmore

    October 26, 2009

  • “The pews were whole and gleamed with polish; the ancient stone altar was swatched in cloth of gold.” —Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

    May 23, 2010