- The definition of a swath is a path made by a tool or device used for cutting grass or grain.
An example of a swath is the trail left in a lawn after using a mower.
swath definition by Webster's New World
- the space or width covered with one cut of a scythe or other mowing device
- Rare a stroke with a scythe
- a line or row of grass, wheat, etc. cut in one course by a scythe, mower, etc.
- a long strip, track, or belt of any particular kind
Origin: Middle English swathe ; from Old English swathu, a track, akin to German schwade, space covered by a scythe swing: for Indo-European base see swathe
swath definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The width of a scythe stroke or a mowing-machine blade.b. A path of this width made in mowing.c. The mown grass or grain lying on such a path.
- Something likened to a swath; a strip.
Origin: Middle English swathe, from Old English swǽth, track.
swath - Phrases/Idioms
cut a wide swathâ
cut a swath
- To create a great stir, impression, or display: “He cut a bold and even sacrificial swath across American politics” (Gail Sheehy).
- To extend in distinctive physical length and width: “the surprising 17th Arrondissement, which cuts a generous swath across northwest Paris” (Jean Rafferty).