Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To wrap or bind with or as if with bandages.
  • transitive v. To enfold or constrict.
  • n. A wrapping, binding, or bandage.
  • n. Variant of swath.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bandage; a band;
  • n. A group of people.
  • n. Alternative spelling of swath.
  • v. To bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old spelling of swath.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wrap in swaddling clothes
  • n. an enveloping bandage

Etymologies

Middle English swathen, from Old English swathian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English swæþ (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And foreign aid, ironically, is one of the elements of spending that actually has a constituency among a certain swathe of conservative elites (Michael Gerson, etc.).

    Matthew Yglesias » Corrected Graph on Conservative Cuts

  • Once again, there's that 80-mile swathe, which is so critical.

    CNN Transcript Oct 7, 2001

  • Can you just give us an idea of the geography here, what kind of swathe we're talking about from Midwest City to Moore?

    CNN Transcript May 8, 2003

  • Can you give us any sense of the geography, from Midwest City, we're told, a suburban area, to Moore City, what kind of swathe was cut by this tornado?

    CNN Transcript May 8, 2003

  • Martin, after a few instructions, sorted the great heaps of soiled clothes, while Joe started the masher and made up fresh supplies of soft-soap, compounded of biting chemicals that compelled him to swathe his mouth and nostrils and eyes in bath - towels till he resembled a mummy.

    Chapter 16

  • The gray clouds became a long, low swathe of ruby red, or garnet red -- such as one sees in a glass of heavy burgundy when held to the light.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

  • "One of the myths we hold in this country is that there's a single fault, but in reality there's a swathe about 200 kilometers wide where there are lots of faults that are potentially active," he said.

    Latest Quake Tests Geological Views

  • No, much better to leave them as dependent on State largesse, as that maintains a huge swathe of State-client, and therefore Labour voters throughout the country. on April 9, 2010 at 9: 15 pm Serpico

    Gadget Election Thought For Today « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Or because we are so horrendously thin on the ground that our patch is a great swathe of real estate, far too big to effectively cover.

    What Really Matters At The Top « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • And it's not just the biotech companies that are in the race; a swathe of companies including oil majors are also investing in R&D.

    Looking Beyond the Fossil Age

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  • swathe - swaddle (frequentative)

    September 21, 2011

  • Citation on semolina.

    October 14, 2008

  • See also (but don't confuse it with) swath.

    October 14, 2008

  • Wouldn't you like to get away?
    Give yourself up to the allure of
    Catcher In The Rye
    The future's swathed in Stars and Stripes.


    (Le pastie de la Bourgeoisie, by Belle and Sebastian)

    July 28, 2008