An example of a swale is a low lying grassland.
- a hollow, depression, or low area of land
- such a place in a wet, marshy area
Origin of swaleME, shade, probably from Old Norse svalr, cool, akin to Old English swelan, to burn, ignite from Indo-European base an unverified form swel- from source swelter
- A low tract of land, especially when moist or marshy.
- A long, narrow, usually shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
- A shallow troughlike depression that carries water mainly during rainstorms or snow melts.
Origin of swalePerhaps from Middle English shade perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse svalr cool
- A low tract of moist or marshy land.
- A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
- A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
- A shallow, usually grassy depression sloping downward from a plains upland meadow or level vegetated ridgetop.
- A shallow trough dug into the land on contour (horizontally with no slope). Its purpose being to allow water time to percolate into the soil.
Possibly, from Middle English, "shade", perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svalr
(third-person singular simple present swales, present participle swaling, simple past and past participle swaled)
- Alternative form of sweal (melt and waste away, or singe)