Swale meaning

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A shallow troughlike depression that carries water mainly during rainstorms or snow melts.
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A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
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A low tract of land, especially when moist or marshy.
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A long, narrow, usually shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
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A hollow, depression, or low area of land.
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Such a place in a wet, marshy area.
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A low tract of moist or marshy land.
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A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
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A shallow, usually grassy depression sloping downward from a plains upland meadow or level vegetated ridgetop.
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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.
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(UK, dialect) A gutter in a candle.
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Alternative form of sweal (melt and waste away, or singe)
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Swale is defined as a narrow or shallow piece of land.

An example of a swale is a low lying grassland.

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Origin of swale

  • Perhaps from Middle English shade perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse svalr cool

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly, from Middle English, "shade", perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svalr

    From Wiktionary

  • See sweal.

    From Wiktionary