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Swafe nA swinging blow or stroke. 2. momentum. 3. a kind of sling or ballista.
Swain nA young man attending; hence a man of low degree. 2. a male servant, attendant, follower. 3. a man, youth, boy. 4. a country or farm labourer. 5. a shepherd; a rustic, a countryman. 6. a country gallant or lover, a wooer, a sweetheart (literary). 7. a freeholder within a forest.
Swain vbTo play the lover or wooer.
Swaining nLove-making, wooing.
Swainish adjResembling or characteristic of a rustic, boorish. 2. nature of a rustic lover or rustic love-making.
Swainishness nBoorishness.
Swainling n poor or young swain or rustic. 2. a rustic female sweetheart.
Swainmote n. Swain + mote meeting: (Eng. Forest Law). a court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest composing the jury. Written also swanimote, and sweinmote. Swanimote.
SwaipnA whip, scourge. 2. a blow, stroke, hit.
Swaip vbTo strike, beat.
Swallow n"Hirundo rustica" - well known migratory birds, a harbinger of summer. 2. in allusion to the swift flight of the bird. 3. small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations.
Swallow nA deep open hole in the earth, a pit, abyss. 2. an opening or cavity, usu. in limestone, into which or through which a stream disappears underground. 3. a gulf, abyss, sink (of evil). 4. throat, gullet, pharynx or these collectively; the gorge. 5. the act of swallowing. 6. taste; relish; inclination; liking. 7. capacity for swallowing; voracity. 8. As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water. 9. that which engulfs; a whirlpool. (Obs.)
Swallow vbPass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking; swallow, get down. 2. engulf and destroy; like an invading army. 3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat up. 4. utter indistinctly;

5. take back what one has said; swallow one's own words, swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw. 6. keep from expressing; swallowed one's anger. 7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to; accept, live with. 8. believe or accept without questioning or challenge;

Swallower nA voracious eater.
Swallow-hole nA sink-hole. 2. a depression in the ground connecting with an underground passage (esp. in limestone) formed by solution or a collapse of a cavern roof.
Swallowing n
Swan nStately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult. 2. any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninae. 3. fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody - Shakespeare - "The swan of Avon".

4. the constellation Cygnus.

Swan vbTo declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear. 2. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in

search of food or employment; roll, wander, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond. 3. sweep majestically.

Swanimote nSwain + mote meeting: (Eng. Forest Law). a court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest composing the jury. Written also sweinmote. Swainmote.
Swan-song nA final performance or effort, esp. before retirement or death; last hurrah.
Swan's tongue nOld name for hemp nettle: "Galeopsis tetrabit."
Swank adjActive, agile, nimble. Modern usage ??
Swanning n
Swan-white adjPure white; snow white.
Sward nHide, skin, rind. 2. skin of the body; esp. the rind of pork or bacon.
Sward nThe surface or upper layer of ground, earth, usu. covered with herbage. 2. a growth of grass. 3. a stretch of green sward. See: sward.
Sward vbTo form a sward, etc.
Sward n"green sward." - the surface of soil covered with other herbage, turf.
Sward n"head sward." - the scalp.
Swarded adjCovered by green herbage. 2. covered by skin, rind, hide
Swardy adjTurfy, herb-covered. 2. rindy, cutaneous.
Sware nOath-swearing, answer, reply, speech, word.
Swarf nAny fine waste or filing produced by machining; esp. in the form of strips or ribbons. 2. the material cut out of gramophone record as the groove is made.
Swarfed adjSoiled or made unclean with swart or filing waste.
Swarm nA moving crowd; drove, horde. 2: a group of many things in the air or on the ground; cloud. 2. a large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion. 3. especially, a great number of honeybees which emigrate from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the direction of a queen. 4. hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of

meteorites. 5. multitude; crowd; throng.

Swarm vbTo collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer. 2. to climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. 3. to appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude. 4. to be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion. 5. to abound; to be filled (with). 5. to breed multitudes. 6. to be teeming, be abuzz; teem, pullulate. 7. move in large numbers; pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulate.
Swarmed adjOf people: assembled in a crowd, congregated, massed, thronged.
Swarmer n
Swarming nThe action of swarming, congregating, thronging.
Swarming adjAssembling or moving in a swarm; crowded, numerous. 2. filled with a multitude, densely coverd, populated.
Swarmy adjSwarming, thronged, populous, crowdy.
Swart adjOf skin, complexion: livid through suffering or emotion, black, coated in black; swarthy. 2. black, wicked, iniquitous, baleful, malignant; denigratory.
Swart vbTo be black, dark, dusty, swarthy. 2. to make black, darken, swarthy, denigrate.
Swarth nThe surface or upper layer of ground, earth, usu. covered with herbage. 2. a growth of grass. 3. a stretch of green sward. See: Sward.
Swarth vbTo darken, make black or dusty.
Swarth adjDusty, swarthy, black, swartish.
Swarthiness nHaving a dusty, dark or darkish complexion or colour.
Swarthish adjSomewhat swarthy, dark, dusty, blackish, swartish.
Swarthliness nThe condition or state of being swarthy, dark, blackish, dusty in colour or complexion. 2. swartness
Swarthness nDuskiness, blackness, negriment.
Swarthy adjNaturally having skin of a dark color; "swart' is archaic"; dark-skinned, dusky, swart. 2. being of a dark hue or dusky complexion; tawny; swart.

3. black, blackish, brunet, coal-black, dark, dark-colored, dark-skinned, darkish, darksome, dusk, dusky, ebon, ebony, funereal, grave, nigrescent, pitch-black, raven, sable, sad, sober, somber, sombrous, swart, swarth.

Swarthy vbTo make swarthy. [Obs.]
Swath nTrack, trace, spoor (lit & fig). 2. space or extent coverd by a sweep of a scythe, sickle or mower. 2. a measure of ground - the longtidunal division of a field. 3. a row or line of a grass or other crop, as it falls or lies when mown or reaped. 4. applied to growing grass or corn ready for reaping. 5. to cut a swath to make a pompous display, 6. apparel, array, attire, belt, bend, bundle, case, cinch, clothe, cover, crate, deck, garb, garment, gird, girdle, robe, roll, rope, sheathe, shroud, strap. 6. a broad track, belt, strip or longitudinal extent of a thing. 7.to mow down in battle, with a sickle or scythe.
Swathe nA band of linen, woollen or other materials; a wrapping. 2. an infants swaddling bands. 3. a surgical bandage. 4. a wrapping, a covering, membrane, integument. 5. an object that enwraps, as a cloud. 6. so that they restricts or constrains like a swaddling band. 6.
Swathe vbWrap in swaddling clothes; swaddle, swathe. 2.to bind with a swathe, band, bandage, or rollers. 2. to array, attire, bandage, bedeck, bedrape, bend, bind, bind up, box, brace, bundle up, cinch, clothe, cover, crate, deck, dight, do up, drape, dress, dud, embox, embrace, encapsulate, encase, enclothe, endue, enfold, enrobe,

enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, garb, gird, girth, robe, roll, rope, sheathe, shroud, smother, splice, strap up, surround, swaddle,tie up, tire,

Swathed adjWrapped in swaddling clothes. 2. swaddled, enwraps, covered.
Swather nOne who wraps or swathes.
Swathing nThe action in which something is wrapped in linen. 2. enveloping, enwrapping, swathing. 3. pertaining or consisting of swaths or wrappings, etc.
Sweal vbTo be subjected to heat or slow burning. 2. to consume to fire, burn, set fire to, singe, scorch. 3. to roast meat, such as lamb, beef, etc. 4. to cause grass to dry and wither. 5. to burn in fire or as a fire. 6. to be consumed by fire; to become scorched; to become burning hot. 7. of a candle: to melt away, to gutter.
Swealed adjScorched, singed, roast whole in the skin (like a sheep.)
Swealing nThe action of burning or singeing for a special purpose.
Sweam nGrief, affliction. 2. a sudden fit of swooning; a soon, a faint.
Sweam vbTo afflict, grieve, mourn. 2. to be overcome with faintness, swooming.
Sweamful adjGrievous, distressing.
Sweamly advDistressfully, swoonfulily, faintfully.
Sweat nThe life-blood; in phr: to tine, leave, lose the sweat or one's life blood.
Sweatless adjHaving no sweat; devoid of sweat or perspiration.
Sweb vbTo faint, swoon, to put to sleep, to sweve.
Sweedle vbTo swindle by wheedling.
Sweep vbTo clean rooms, yards; or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like. 2. to brush swiftly and lightly over the surface of anything; as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner. 3. to pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space. 4. to pass a broom across (a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively, as in the wind sweeps the snow from the hills. 5. to carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion, like a peacock. 6. to strike with a long stroke. 8. to draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net. 8. to pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
Sweep n.The act of sweeping. 2. the compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.

3. the compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of the eye. 4. the compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep. 5. violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease. 6. direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; the sweep of a compass. direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line. 8. a large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them. 9. a long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.

Sweeper nOne who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
Sweeping nThe act of cleaning with a broom, etc.
Sweeping adjTaking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination;"a sweeping view of the river". 2. ignoring distinctions; "wholesale ruin "
Sweeping-out phrA clearance, clear out, a purge.
Sweer adjGrievous, oppressive, heavy. 2. oppressed in mind, grieved, sad. 3. disinclined for effort, inactive, indolent, slothful. 4. loth, reluctant, unwilling, disinclined to do something.
Sweerdom nState of grieving, oppression or sad. 2. indolence, sloth, disinclination, reluctance. 3. sweerness.
Sweerness nIndolence, laziness, sloth, unwillingness, disinclination.
Sweet adjHaving or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar. 2. having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub; a sweet disposition; angelic, cherubic. 3. pleasing to the ear; dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous. 4. pleasing to the senses. 5. pleasing to the mind or feeling; gratifying. 6 having a natural fragrance; "odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling. 7. wines having a high residual sugar content; dry. 8. not containing or composed of salty or brackish water; fresh watered. 9. not soured or preserved; fresh. 10: with sweetening added; sugared, sweetened. 11 a food rich in sugar; confected. 12. the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth: sugariness. 13. pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion. 14. fragrant; redolent; balmy. 15. sugary; dulcet saccharine; luscious.
Sweet phr"To be sweet on." - to have a particular fondness for, or special interest in, as a young man for a young woman.
Sweet nThat which is sweet to the taste; used chiefly in the plural; specifically: confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc; home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc.

2. that which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume. 3. that which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life. 4. One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment.

Sweet-lifer nOne who is leading the sweet life.
Sweetbread nThe pancreas of an animal: the thymus distinguished respectively as the heart, stomach or belly (used as a food). 2. a bribe.
Sweeten vbMake sweeter in taste; sweeten, dulcify, edulcorate, dulcorate. 2. make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable, to be sweet. 2. to make pleasing or grateful to the mind or feelings; as, to sweeten life; to sweeten friendship. 3. to make mild or kind; to soften; as, to sweeten the temper. 4. to make less painful or laborious; to relieve; as, to sweeten the cares of life. 5. to soften to the eye; to make delicate. 6. to make pure and salubrious by destroying noxious matter; as, to sweeten the air. 7. to make warm and fertile; - opposed to sour; as, to dry and sweeten soils. 8. to restore to purity; to free from taint; as, to sweeten water, butter, or meat.
Sweet and sour phr
Sweetening n
Sweetful adj
Sweetheart n
Sweet-heartedness n
Sweeting nA flavouring used to sweeten various kinds of food and drinks.
Sweetish adjSomewhat or a little bit sweet.
Sweet life nLa dolce vita.
Sweet-lifer nOne who is leading the sweet life.
Sweetly adv
Sweetmeat n
Sweetness n
Sweet-writer nA popular, esp. a sentimental or sugary writer.
Sweetsome adjSweet, pleasant.
Sweet stuff nConfectionery,
Sweet-talknSmooth, but often insincere and cajoling talk.
Sweet talk vb
Sweet talker n
Sweet-tooth nA taste or liking for sweet or sweetened food or drink.
Sweetwater nFresh water, usu. from pristine streams. 2. perfume or other sweet-smelling liquids.
Sweetwort nA sweet wort ; esp. the infusion of malt, before the hops are added in the making of beer.
Swell n
Swell vb
Swelling n
Swellish adj
Swellness n
Swelly adj
Swelt vbTo die, perish, to cause to perish. 2. to be ready to perish with the force of strong emotion or a fit of sickness. 2. to overcome, faint, swoon. 3. to be overcome or overpowered by with heat; to suffer oppressive heat, welt. 4. to burn or rage with fever. 5. to exude with heat. 6. to overheat, to broil, scorch; be overwhelm by heat. 7. "to swelt one's heat: to exert oneself to the utmost".
Swelt phr"To swelt one's heat": to exert oneself to the utmost."
Swench nTrial, labour, toil.
Swench vbTo trouble, harass, afflict. 2. to mortify.
Sweng nA stroke, blow; also, to various kinds of violent action, i.e. a fall or throw at wrestling; a swing at someone; a military attack or assault. 2. toil, labour, exertion.
Swenge vbTo shake, shatter, smite, dash, fling. 2. to beat, including eggs. 3. to make a dash more violently; to fling.
Swerk vbIn OE. to become sad, troubled, gloomy. 2. to be or become dark.
Swerve nThe act of turning aside suddenly; swerve, swerving, veering. 2. an erratic deflection from an intended course; yaw,
Swerve vbTo stray; to wander; to rope. 2. to go out of a straight line; to deflect.

3. to wander from any line prescribed, or from a rule or duty; to depart from what is established by law, duty, custom, or the like; to deviate. 4. to bend; to incline. 5. to climb or move upward by winding or turning. 6. to turn sharply; change direction abruptly; swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut.

Swerveless adj
Swerving n
Swerveless adj
Sweve vbTo sleep, sink to rest, become quiet. 2. to put to sleep or to death. 3. lull to rest; also to stupefy.
Sweven nA dream, vision, sleep, slumber, swevet.
Swevener nA dreamer.
Swevening adjDreaming.
Swey nNoise, ddin, clamour.
Swey vbTo make a sound, noise; to resound, move with noise.
Sweying adjNoisy, dinny, resounding.
Sweying nThe action of making noise or a din, etc.
Swie vbo become silent.
Swift n
Swift vb
Swiftie n
Swiftliness n
Swiftly adv
Swiftness n
Swike nDeceit, deception, an act of deception, treachery, a trick. 2. a snare, trap.
Swike vbTo leave off, cease, to act deceitfully, practise deceit, to deceive, cheat, ensnare. 2. of a thing: to prove false, to disappoint the expectation of, to fail a person 3.to surprise, take unawares. 4. to get dishonestly, sneak.
Swike adjDeceitful, treacherous, traitorous, crafty, swikel.
Swikedom nA state or condition of deception, cheating, fraud.
Swikel adjDeceitful, treacherous, traitorous, crafty.
Swikeful adjDeceitful, treacherous,
Swikelfully adj
Swikkely adveceitfully, treacherously, craftily.
Swikelness nDeceitfulness, treachery, trickery.
Swiking nThe act of deception, deceit, sneakiness.
Swikingly advTreacherously, deceptively, craftily.
Swill n
Swiller n
Swilling nThat swills or drinks greedily. 2.the act or action of drinking excessively.
Swilling adjAddicted to excessive drinking. 2. abundant, deep, profound.
Swilling-hole nA pool at the bendof a stream. 3. a hollow place. 4. a gutter washed out of the soil.
Swilly adjSwelly; eddish or whirlpool-like, turbulent.
Swim nThe clear part of a liquid which floats above the sediment. 2. the part of the river much frequented by fish or in which angler's fish. 3. the current of affairs or events, esp. the popular in business, politics, or opinion; chiefly "in the swim"
Swim vb
Swim phr" In the swim." -- in the same company with; in league with an enterprise, scheme, game.
Swim phr" Swim against the tide." -
Swime nDizziness, giddiness, a fit of giddiness; swooning; a swoon.
Swime adjGiddy, dizzy, stunning.
Swimmer n
Swimmering nGiddiness, dizziness, swoonliness.
Swimming n
Swimmingly advIn an easy, smooth progress; smoothly and without impediment; without uninterrupted success or prosperly. 2. conspicuous success without éclat.
Swimmingness nA misty or moist appearance (of the eyes). 2. smooth, giddy movement.
Swimmy adjInclined to dizziness or giddiness. 2. graceful, elegant. 3. of the eyes: tearful.
Swimminess nDizziness, giddiness. 2. moist of eyes.
Swind vbOE: swindan. to waste away, languish, dwindle, decrease, vanish, disappear.
Swinden adjEnfeebled, enervated.
Swindle nVertigo, giddiness.
Swindling nA swimming feeling in the head, a woozy state, giddiness.
Swine n
Swinecote nA pigsty.
Swinely adjPertaining to the characteristics of a pig.
Swinishly adv
Swing nA stroke with a weapon. 2. impulse, inclination, tendency. 3. freedom of action; free scope.
Swing vb
Swinge nSway, power, rule, authority. 2. freedom or action; free scope, licence, liberty to follow one's inclination. 3. impetus, impulse, driving power ( of something non-physical as passion, will). 4. a blow, a strike
Swinge vbTo beat, to flog, whip, thrash. 2. to chastise, castigate, to pay out, serve out. 2. to pillory. 3. to bear heavily on. 4. to brandish, flourish, to lash the tail or something with a tail. 5, to cut down with a scythe. 6. to bear sway over. 7. to indulge one's inclination.
Swingeing nThe action of scourging, flogging, beating; dealing with blows.
Swingeing adjScourging, flogging, something that swings. 2. with great or large huge, intense.
Swinger nOne who acts vigorously and forcibly; a powerful fellow. 2. something forcible or effective. 3. a great or bold lie. 4. a forcible blow or stroke. 5. one who seeks multiple sexual relationships simultaneously. 6. a rogue, rascal, scoundrel.
Swingle nA wooden instrument rembling a sword, used for beating and scraping flax or hemp so as to cleanse it of wooly and coarse particles. 2. a weapon resembling a flail. 3. a kind of cudgel. 4. a clapper of a bell.
Swingling nGiddiness, vertigo, dizziness.
Swinish adjDisposition of a swine; hoggish, piggish, sensual, gluttonous, coarse, beastly, degraded in nature.
Swinishness nState or condition of being swinish: coarse, piggish, gluttonous, beastly.
Swink nTrouble, affliction, labour, toil, heavy drinking, intoxicative.
Swink vbTo labour, toil, work, hard and exertly. 2. to to journey or travel. 3. to gain by labour. 4. to cause to toil. 5. to set to hard work. 6. to overwork, to work overhard. 7. to drink deeply.
Swinked adjWearied by overwork or toil.
Swinker nOne who swinks, a labourer, worker, toiler.
Swinkful adjFull of toil and trouble; disastrous, troublesome. 2. irksome, painful, distressing. 2. hardworking, industrious, diligent.
Swinkfulness nDiligence, toil, trouble.
Swinkhood nThe state of labouring, industry or toiling. 2. the state of being in trouble, distress.
Swinking adjThat swinks, labours, involving toil, labourous I effort or exertion, toilsome.
Swinkless adjFree or devoid of toil, labour, diligence, distress, irk, pain.
Swip nSee "swaip" - a stroke, blow, a rush, a forcible movement.
Swip vbSee "swaip." -- to strike, hit, smite. 2. to wield a weapon forcibly, esp. in a downward direction. 3. to dea a blow. 4. to move in haste or violently; make a dash, escape, slip away.
Swipping nThe act of striking, involving moving quickly.
Swipperly adjCraftily, cunningly, quickly, nimblely, actively.
Swire nThe neck; a neck. 2. hollow near the summit or a mountain or hill. 3. a gentle depressiom beteen two hills.
Swire-bone nThe neckbone.
Swireforth adv}Headlong; neck forward.
Swith adjOf a rapid rate, very quickly, swiftly. 2. without delay, forthwith; immediately; directly, at once.
Swither nThe right side or hand; withershins.
Swithly advQuickly, rapidly, without delay.
Swithness n
Swive vbTo have sexual intercourse. 2. to copulate. 3. to move in a course sweep.
Swive nThe act of swiven; copulation.
Swivel vb
Swivel n
Swiver nOne who is given to sexual intercourse or indulgence; a copulator.
Swiweek nHoly week.
Swole nSweat, perspiration.
Swon nA swineherd.
Swoon n
Swoon vb
Swooner n
Swooning adjFaintaing, syncopative.
Swoop n
Swoop vb
Sword n
Sworder nGladiator, swordsman.
Sword-brother nA comrade in arms.
Swordmanship n
Swordplay n
Swother vbTo sleep, slumber, nap. 2. swoon, faint.
Swother nSlumber, sleep, drowsiness. 2. swodder.
Swough vbTo sigh, moan, groan. 2. to swoon, droop.
Swow adjFainting, in a swoon, "dead," silent.
Swow vbTo faint, sleep, be silent.
Swowing adjSwooning.
Swike nA rivulet, stream, esp. one flowing through marshy ground, and seasonal. 2. a sike.
Swythe advInstantly, speedily, rapidly. (swithe, swiftly)

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