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Swale, n.

Etym. [Cf.

Icel. svalr cool, svala to cool.] Def.: A valley or low place; a tract of low, and usually wet, land; a moor; a fen. [Prov.

Eng. & Local, U.S.] Swale, v.

I. & t.

Def.: To melt and waste away; to singe.

See Sweal, v. Swale, n.

Def.: A gutter in a candle. [Prov.

Eng.] Swallet, n.

Etym. [Cf.

G. schwall a sea swell, from schwellen to swell, E. swell.] Def.: Water breaking in upon the miners at their work; — so called among tin miners. [Prov.

Eng.] Swallow, n.

Etym. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.] 1. (Zool.) Def.: Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinidoe, especially one of those species in which the tail is deeply forked.

They have long, pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and gracefulness of their flight. Barn), the cliff, or eaves, swallow (see under Cliff), the white-bellied, or tree, swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and the bank swallow (see under Bank).

The common European swallow (Chelidon rustica), and the window swallow, or martin (Chelidon urbica), are familiar species. 2. (Zool.) Def.: Any one of numerous species of swifts which resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the common American chimney swallow, or swift. 3. (Naut.) Def.: The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves. Ham.


Swallow plover

(Zool.), any one of several species of fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus Glareola, as G.

Orientalis of India; a pratincole. —
Swallow shrike

(Zool.), any one of several species of East Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidoe, allied to the shrikes but similar to swallows in appearance and habits.

The ashy swallow shrike (Artamus fuscus) is common in India. —
Swallow warbler

(Zool.), any one of numerous species of East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus Dicoeum.

They are allied to the honeysuckers. Swallow, v.

T. [imp. & p.

P. Swallowed (?); p.

Pr. & vb.

N. Swallowing.] Etym. [OE. swolewen, swolwen, swolhen, AS. swelgan; akin to D. zwelgen, OHG. swelahan, swelgan, G. schwelgen to feast, to revel, Icel. svelgia to swallow, SW. svälja, Dan. svoelge.

Cf. Groundsel a plant.] 1. Def.: To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink. As if I had swallowed snowballs for pills. Shak. 2. Def.: To draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb — usually followed by ‘up’. Milton. The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses. Num.

Xvi. 32. 3. Def.: To receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly. Though that story . . .

Be not so readily swallowed. Sir T.

Browne. 4. Def.: To engross; to appropriate; — usually with ‘up’. Homer excels . . .

In this, that he swallowed up the honor of those who succeeded him. Pope. 5. Def.: To occupy; to take up; to employ. The necessary provision of the life swallows the greatest part of their time. Locke. 6. Def.: To seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume. Corruption swallowed what the liberal hand Of bounty scattered. Thomson. 7. Def.: To retract; to recant; as, to swallow one’s opinions. \’bd’Swallowed’ his vows whole.\’b8 Shak. 8. Def.: To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult. Syn. — To absorb; imbibe; ingulf; engross; consume.

See Absorb. Swallow, v.


Def.: To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow. Swallow, n. 1. Def.: The act of swallowing. 2. Def.: The gullet, or esophagus; the throat. 3. Def.: Taste; relish; inclination; liking. [Colloq.] I have no swallow for it. Massinger. 4. Def.: Capacity for swallowing; voracity. There being nothing too gross for the swallow of political rancor. Prof.

Wilson. 5. Def.: As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water. 6. Def.: That which ingulfs; a whirlpool. [Obs.] Fabyan. Swallower, n.

Def.: One who swallows; also, a glutton. Tatler. Swallowfish, n. (Zool.) Def.: The European sapphirine gurnard (Trigla hirundo).

It has large pectoral fins. Swallowtail, n. 1. (Carp.) Def.: A kind of tenon or tongue used in making joints.

See Dovetail. 2. (Bot.) Def.: A species of willow. 3. (Fort.) Def.: An outwork with converging sides, its head or front forming a re\’89ntrant angle; — so called from its form.

Called also priestcap. 4. Def.: A swallow-tailed coat. This Stultz coat, a blue swallowtail, with yellow buttons. Thackeray. 5. Def.: An arrow. Sir W.

Scott. 6. (Zool.) Def.: Any one of numerous species of large and handsome butterflies, belonging to Papilio and allied genera, in which the posterior border of each hind wing is prolongated in the form of a long lobe. Papilio), the blue swallowtail, or philenor, the tiger swallowtail, or turnus (see Turnus), and the zebra swallowtail, or ajax (see under Zebra) are common American species.

See also Troilus. Swallow-tailed, a. 1. Def.: Having a tail like that of a swallow; hence, like a swallow’s tail in form; having narrow and tapering or pointed skirts; as, a swallow-tailed coat. 2. (Carp.) Def.: United by dovetailing; dovetailed.
Swallow-tailed duck

(Zool.), the old squaw.
Swallow-tailed gull

(Zool.), an Arctic gull (Xema furcata), which has a deeply forked tail.
Swallow-tailed hawk

(Zool.), the fork-tailed kite.
Swallow-tailed moth

(Zool.), a European moth (Urapteryx sambucaria) having tail-like lobes on the hind wings. Swallowwort, n. (Bot.) (a) Def.: See Celandine. (b) Def.: A poisonous plant (Vincetoxicum officinale) of the Milkweed family, at one time used in medicine; — also called white swallowwort.
African swallowwort

, a plant of the genus Stapelia. Swam, Def.: imp.

Of Swim. Swamp, n.

Etym. [Cf.

AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D. zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. svoppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfos porous, spongy.] Def.: Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore. Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern. Tennyson. A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only herbage, plants, and mosses. Farming Encyc. (E.

Edwards, Words).
Swamp blackbird

. (Zool.) See Redwing (b).
Swamp cabbage

(Bot.), skunk cabbage.
Swamp deer

(Zool.), an Asiatic deer (Rucervus Duvaucelli) of India.
Swamp hen

. (Zool.) (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird (Porphyrio bellus); — called also goollema. (b) An Australian water crake, or rail (Porzana Tabuensis); — called also little swamp hen. (c) The European purple gallinule.
Swamp honeysuckle

(Bot.), an American shrub (Azalea, ) growing in swampy places, with fragrant flowers of a white color, or white tinged with rose; — called also swamp pink.
Swamp hook

, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling logs.

Cf. Cant hook. —
Swamp itch

. (Med.) See Prairie itch, under Prairie.
Swamp laurel

(Bot.), a shrub (Kalmia glauca) having small leaves with the lower surface glaucous.
Swamp maple

(Bot.), red maple.

See Maple. —
Swamp oak

(Bot.), a name given to several kinds of oak which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak (Quercus palustris), swamp white oak (Q.

Bicolor), swamp post oak (Q.

Lyrata). —
Swamp ore

(‘Min’.), big ore; limonite.
Swamp partridge

(Zool.), any one of several Australian game birds of the genera Synoicus and Excalfatoria, allied to the European partridges.
Swamp robin

(Zool.), the chewink.
Swamp sassafras

(Bot.), a small North American tree of the genus Magnolia (M.

Glauca) with aromatic leaves and fragrant creamy-white blossoms; — called also sweet bay. —
Swamp sparrow

(Zool.), a common North American sparrow (Melospiza Georgiana, or M.

Palustris), closely resembling the song sparrow.

It lives in low, swampy places. —
Swamp willow

. (Bot.) See Pussy willow, under Pussy. <-- p. 1456 --> Swamp, v.

T. [imp. & p.

P. Swamped (?); p.

Pr. & vb.

N. Swamping.] 1. Def.: To plunge or sink into a swamp. 2. (Naut.) Def.: To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water. 3. Def.: Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck. The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers. J.


Green. Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory. Sir W.

Hamilton. Swamp, v.

I. 1. Def.: To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties. 2. Def.: To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked. Swampy, a.

Def.: Consisting of swamp; like a swamp; low, wet, and spongy; as, swampy land. Swan, n.

Etym. [AS. swan; akin to D. zwaan, OHG. swan, G. schwan, Icel. svanr, Sw. svan, Dan. svane; and perhaps to E. sound something audible.] 1. (Zool.) Def.: Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninoe.

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. Cygnus gibbus), which is most commonly domesticated, bends its neck in an S-shaped curve.

The whistling, or trumpeting, swans of the genus Olor do not bend the neck in an S-shaped curve, and are noted for their loud and sonorous cry, due to complex convolutions of the windpipe.

To this genus belong the European whooper, or whistling swan (Olor cygnus), the American whistling swan (O.

Columbianus), and the trumpeter swan (O.


The Australian black swan (Chenopis atrata) is dull black with white on the wings, and has the bill carmine, crossed with a white band.

It is a very graceful species and is often domesticated.

The South American black-necked swan (Sthenelides melancorypha) is a very beautiful and graceful species, entirely white, except the head and neck, which are dark velvety seal-brown.

Its bill has a double bright rose-colored knob. 2. Def.: Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon. 3. (Astron.) Def.: The constellation Cygnus.
Swan goose

(Zool.), a bird of India (Cygnopsis cygnoides) resembling both the swan and the goose.
Swan shot

, a large size of shot used in fowling. Swang, obs. Def.: imp.

Of Swing. Swang, n.

Etym. [Cf. Swamp.] Def.: A swamp. [Prov.

Eng.] Swanherd, n.

Def.: One who tends or marks swans; as, the royal swanherd of England. Swan-hopping, n.

Def.: A corruption of Swan-upping. [Eng.] Encyc.

Brit. Swanimote, n. (Eng.

Forest Law) Def.: See Swainmote. { Swankie, Swanky }, n.

Etym. [Cf.

G. schwank flexible, pliant.] Def.: An active and clever young fellow. [Scot.] Sir W.


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