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

  • transitive verb To wrap, as in layers of cloth.
  • transitive verb To wrap or bind in bandages.
  • transitive verb To enfold or envelop.
  • noun A wrapping, binding, or bandage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old spelling of swath.
  • noun A bandage; a band of linen or other fabric; a swaddling-band; a winding, as of a bandage.
  • To bind with a bandage or bandages; swaddle; bind; wrap.
  • To make a bundle of; tie up in bundles or sheaves, as corn.
  • To bind about; inclose; confine.

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

  • noun A bandage; a band; a swath.
  • transitive verb To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers.

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

  • noun A bandage; a band;
  • noun chiefly UK, usually in plural A group of people.
  • noun Alternative spelling of swath.
  • verb To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers.

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

  • verb wrap in swaddling clothes
  • noun an enveloping bandage


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

[Middle English swathen, from Old English swathian.]

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From Old English swæþ


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