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Sweden, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a yellow cross extending through a blue field. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 5 to 8.       In the ...
Swedenborg
/sweed"n bawrg'/; Sw. /svayd"n bawrdd'yeu/, n. Emanuel /i man"yooh euhl/; Sw. /e mah"nooh euhl/, (Emanuel Swedberg), 1688-1772, Swedish scientist, philosopher, and mystic. * * *
Swedenborg, Emanuel
born Jan. 29, 1688, Stockholm, Swed. died March 29, 1772, London, Eng. Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. After graduating from the University of Uppsala, he spent five ...
Swedenborg,Emanuel
Swe·den·borg (swēdʹn-bôrg', svādʹn-bôr'ē), Emanuel. 1688-1772. Swedish scientist and theologian whose visions and writings inspired his followers to establish the ...
Swedenborgian
—Swedenborgianism, Swedenborgism, n. /sweed'n bawr"jee euhn, -gee-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Emanuel Swedenborg, his religious doctrines, or the body of followers adhering ...
Swedish
/swee"dish/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Sweden, its inhabitants, or their language. n. 2. the people of Sweden collectively. 3. a Germanic language, the language of Sweden and ...
Swedish Academy
▪ Swedish organization       Swedish organization devoted to the preservation and elevation of the Swedish language and its literature. The academy awards various ...
Swedish ivy
any of various plants belonging to the genus Plectranthus, of the mint family, native to the Old World tropics, having rounded, scalloped or toothed leaves and widely cultivated ...
Swedish language
National language of Sweden and one of two official languages of Finland, spoken by about nine million people. It belongs to the East Scandinavian group of the Germanic ...
Swedish literature
Introduction       the body of writings produced in the Swedish language within Sweden's modern-day geographic and political boundaries.       The literatures of ...
Swedish massage
a massage employing techniques of manipulation and muscular exercise systematized in Sweden in the 19th century. [1910-15] * * *
Swedish Nightingale
nickname of Jenny Lind. * * *
Swedish Social Democratic Party
▪ political party, Sweden byname of  Swedish Social Democratic Workers' Party , Swedish  Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Arbetarepartiet        socialist political ...
Swedish turnip
rutabaga. [1800-10; so called because introduced into Great Britain from Sweden] * * *
Swedishmassage
Swedish massage n. A system of therapeutic massage and exercise for the muscles and joints, developed in Sweden in the 19th century. * * *
Swedishturnip
Swedish turnip n. See rutabaga. * * *
Sweelinck
/svay"lingk/, n. Jan Pieters /yahn pee"teuhrdds/ or Jan Pieterszoon /yahn pee"teuhrdd sohn'/, 1562-1621, Dutch organist and composer. Also, Swelinck. * * *
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon
born April 1562, Amsterdam, Neth. died Oct. 16, 1621, Amsterdam Dutch composer. As organist at Amsterdam's Old Church from с 1580, he became famous for his improvisations. ...
Sweelinck,Jan Pieterzoon
Swee·linck (swāʹlĭngk, svāʹ-), Jan Pieterzoon. 1562-1621. Dutch organist and composer whose works laid the foundations for the development of German baroque organ music. * ...
Sweeney Todd
an imaginary character, also known as the ‘demon barber of Fleet Street’, who first appeared in 18th–century English cheap magazines and plays. He is a London barber (= a ...
Sweeney, Charles William
▪ 2005       American pilot (b. Dec. 27, 1919, Lowell, Mass.—d. July 16, 2004, Boston, Mass.), flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, at the ...
Sweeney, John
▪ American labour leader born May 5, 1934, Bronx, New York       American labour leader, elected president of the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial ...
sweeny
/swee"nee/, n. Vet. Pathol. atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses. Also, swinney. [1820-30, Amer.; cf. dial. G Schweine, PaG Schwinne atrophy, OE swindan to pine away, ...
sweep
sweep1 —sweepable, adj. /sweep/, v., swept, sweeping, n. v.t. 1. to move or remove (dust, dirt, etc.) with or as if with a broom, brush, or the like. 2. to clear or clean (a ...
sweep account
Finance. a checking account from which money in excess of a specified amount is automatically transferred to another account or to an investment that earns a higher rate of ...
sweep check
Ice Hockey. a maneuver for depriving an opponent of the puck by seizing it in the crook of one's stick and pulling it away with a movement in a long arc, the stick being held ...
sweep hand
Horol. a hand, usually a second hand, centrally mounted with the minute and hour hands of a timepiece and reaching to the edge of the dial. [1940-45] * * *
sweep-second
/sweep"sek'euhnd/, n. (on a timepiece) a second hand that is a sweep hand. [1935-40] * * *
sweep-secondhand
sweep-sec·ond hand (swēpʹsĕk'ənd) n. A long hand on a clock or watch that measures seconds by moving the space of a minute for each second. Also called sweep hand. * * *
sweepback
/sweep"bak'/, n. Aeron. the shape of, or the angle formed by, an airplane wing or other airfoil the leading or trailing edge of which slopes backward from the fuselage. [1915-20; ...
sweeper
/swee"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that sweeps. 2. See carpet sweeper. 3. a janitor. 4. any of several fishes of the family Pempherididae, of tropical and warm, temperate ...
sweeping
—sweepingly, adv. /swee"ping/, adj. 1. of wide range or scope. 2. moving or passing about over a wide area: a sweeping glance. 3. moving, driving, or passing steadily and ...
sweeping score
Curling. a line at each end of the rink parallel to the foot score and extending through the center of the tee. * * *
sweepingly
See sweeping. * * *
sweeps
/sweeps/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Slang. sweep2. * * *
sweepstake
/sweep"stayk'/, n. a sweepstakes. * * *
sweepstakes
/sweep"stayks'/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. a race or other contest for which the prize consists of the stakes contributed by the various competitors. 2. the prize ...
sweepy
/swee"pee/, adj., sweepier, sweepiest. sweeping. [1690-1700; SWEEP1 + -Y1] * * *
sweer
/swear/, adj. Scot. and North Eng. 1. slothful; indolent. 2. unwilling; reluctant. [bef. 900; ME swer(e), OE swaer(e) heavy, sluggish; c. G schwer] * * *
sweet
—sweetly, adv. —sweetness, n. /sweet/, adj., sweeter, sweetest, adv., n. adj. 1. having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc. 2. producing the one of the ...
Sweet
/sweet/, n. Henry, 1845-1912, English philologist and linguist. * * * (as used in expressions) sweet marjoram sweet pea sweet potato sweet William * * *
sweet almond oil.
See almond oil (def. 1). * * *
sweet almond.
See under almond (def. 1). [1710-20] * * *
sweet alyssum
a garden plant, Lobularia maritima, of the mustard family, having narrow leaves and small, white or violet flowers. [1825-35] * * * ▪ plant also called  sweet ...
sweet basil
sweet basil n. a basil (Ocimum basilicum): see BASIL * * *
sweet basil.
See under basil. [1640-50] * * *
sweet bay
1. laurel (def. 1). 2. an American magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, having large oblong leaves and fragrant, white flowers, common on the Atlantic coast. [1710-20] * * *
sweet birch
a North American tree, Betula lenta, having smooth, blackish bark and twigs that are a source of methyl salicylate. Also called black birch, cherry birch. [1775-85, Amer.] * * ...
sweet birch oil.
See methyl salicylate. * * *
sweet calamus.
See sweet flag. * * *
sweet cassava.
See under cassava (def. 1). * * *
sweet cherry
1. a cherry tree, Prunus avium, characterized by reddish-brown bark and a pyramidal manner of growth. 2. the red, purplish-black, or yellow, edible, sweet fruit of this ...
sweet cicely
any of several plants, as a European plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, used as a potherb, or certain related North American plants of the genus ...
sweet cider.
See under cider. * * *
sweet clover
melilot. [1865-70] * * *
sweet corn
1. any of several varieties of corn, esp. Zea mays rugosa, the grain or kernels of which are sweet and suitable for eating. 2. Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. ...
sweet crab apple.
See American crab apple. * * *
sweet fern
☆ sweet fern n. a flowering shrub (Comptonia peregrina) of the bayberry family, with fragrant, fernlike leaves * * *
sweet flag
a plant, Acorus calamus, of the arum family, having long, sword-shaped leaves and a pungent, aromatic rootstock. Also called sweet calamus. [1775-85] * * *
sweet gale
an aromatic shrub, Myrica gale, of marshes, having lance-shaped leaves and yellowish fruit. Also called bog myrtle, moor myrtle. [1630-40] * * *
sweet grass
any of several fragrant plants, as manna grass or the sweet flag. [1570-80] * * *
sweet gum
1. a tall, aromatic tree, Liquidambar styraciflua, of the eastern U.S., having star-shaped leaves and fruits in rounded, burlike clusters. 2. the hard reddish-brown wood of this ...
sweet marjoram
sweet marjoram n. an annual marjoram (Origanum majorana) grown for its aromatic leaves used in cooking * * *
sweet marjoram.
See under marjoram. [1555-65] * * *
sweet marten
the European pine marten, Martes martes: trapped for its fur and now greatly reduced in number. [1780-90] * * *
sweet mock orange
the syringa, Philadelphus coronarius. * * *
sweet nothings
sweet nothings Informal murmured words of endearment, as between sweethearts * * *
sweet oil
sweet oil n. any mild, edible oil, as olive oil * * *
sweet oil.
See olive oil. [1575-85] * * *
sweet orange.
See under orange (def. 2). [1790-1800] * * *
sweet pea
a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet-scented flowers. [1725-35] * * * Annual plant (Lathyrus odoratus) of the pea family (see legume), native ...
sweet pepper
1. a variety of pepper, Capsicum annuum grossum, having a mild-flavored, bell-shaped or somewhat oblong fruit. 2. the fruit itself, used as a vegetable. Also called bell ...
sweet pepperbush
/pep"euhr boosh'/ a shrub, Clethra alnifolia, of the eastern and southern coastal U.S., having numerous erect clusters of white or pinkish flowers. Also called summer-sweet, ...
sweet potato
1. a plant, Ipomoea batatas, of the morning glory family, grown for its sweet, edible, tuberous roots. 2. the root itself, used as a vegetable. 3. Informal. ocarina. [1740-50, ...
sweet potatoes
➡ Thanksgiving * * *
sweet roll
a roll made of sweet dough, often containing spices, raisins, nuts, candied fruit, etc., and sometimes iced on top. * * *
sweet scabious
a plant, Scabiosa atropurpurea, native to Europe, cultivated for its purple, reddish, or white flowers. Also called mourning bride. [1790-1800] * * *
sweet shrub
▪ plant also called  Carolina allspice,  California allspice,   or  strawberry shrub        one of two species of small ornamental trees of the family ...
sweet shrub.
See Carolina allspice. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
sweet sixteen
➡ birthdays * * *
sweet sorghum
sorgo. [1865-70] * * *
sweet spire.
See Virginia willow. * * *
sweet spirit of nitre
Pharm. See ethyl nitrite spirit. Also, sweet spirit of niter. * * *
sweet spot
Sports. the spot on a club, racket, bat, etc., where a ball is most effectively hit. [1920-25] * * *
sweet talk
Informal. cajolery; soft soap. [1925-30] * * *
sweet tooth
a liking or craving for candy and other sweets. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
sweet vernal grass
a Eurasian meadow grass, Anthoxanthum odoratum, found throughout North America, having clusters of brownish-green flowers. [1835-45] * * * ▪ plant also called  vernal ...
sweet viburnum
the sheepberry, Viburnum lentago. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
sweet violet
a plant, Viola odorata, of the violet family, native to the Old World, having fragrant, usually purple flowers that are the source of an oil used in perfumery. * * *
sweet william
a pink, Dianthus barbatus, having clusters of small, variously colored flowers. Also, sweet William. Also called bunch pink. [1555-65] * * * Garden plant (Dianthus barbatus) in ...
sweet william catchfly
a southern European plant, Silene armeria, of the pink family, having a flat-topped cluster of pink flowers. Also called none-so-pretty. * * *
sweet woodruff.
See under woodruff. [1790-1800] * * *
sweet wormwood
a widely distributed plant, Artemisia annua, having scented leaves and loose, nodding clusters of yellow flowers. * * *
Sweet ’N Low{™}
n [U] a US product name for an artificial sweet substance used instead of sugar in drinks and foods. It is made in Brooklyn by the Cumberland Packing Corporation. * * *
Sweet,Henry
Sweet (swēt), Henry. 1845-1912. British phonetician and philologist. A founder of modern phonetics, he is known especially for his History of English Sounds (1874). * * *
sweet-and-sour
/sweet"n soweur", -sow"euhr/, adj. cooked with sugar and vinegar or lemon juice and often other seasonings. [1925-30] * * *
sweet-scented
/sweet"sen'tid/, adj. having a pleasant and sweet smell; fragrant. [1585-95] * * *
sweet-shop
/sweet"shop'/, n. Brit. a store that sells candy. [1875-80] * * *
sweet-talk
/sweet"tawk'/, Informal. v.i. 1. to use cajoling words. v.t. 2. to use cajoling words on in order to persuade; soft-soap: They tried to sweet-talk the boss into giving them ...
sweet-tempered
—sweet-temperedness, n. /sweet"tem"peuhrd/, adj. having a gentle and equable disposition; pleasant. [1625-35] * * *
sweetacacia
sweet acacia n. A thorny shrub (Acacia farnesiana) of the pea family, native to tropical and subtropical America, having bipinnately compound leaves, small flower heads, and ...
sweetalyssum
sweet alyssum n. A widely cultivated annual or perennial herb (Lobularia maritima) of the mustard family, native to the Mediterranean region, having racemes of long-lasting ...
sweetbasil
sweet basil n. See basil. * * *
sweetbay
sweet bay n. 1. A shrub or small tree (Magnolia virginiana) of the southeast United States and eastern coastal areas north to Massachusetts, having large fragrant white flowers ...
sweetbirch
sweet birch n. 1. An eastern North American birch (Betula lenta) having aromatic stems with brownish bark that does not peel into papery flakes. 2. The wood of this tree. Also ...
sweetbread
/sweet"bred'/, n. 1. Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, esp. a calf or a lamb, used for food. 2. Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the ...
sweetbrier
/sweet"bruy'euhr/, n. a rose, Rosa eglanteria, of Europe and central Asia, having a tall stem, stout, hooked prickles often mixed with bristles, and single, pink flowers. Also, ...
sweetcherry
sweet cherry n. 1. A large, widely cultivated deciduous tree (Prunus avium) of the rose family, native to Eurasia, having red-brown birchlike bark, white flowers, and sweet ...
sweetcicely
sweet cicely n. 1. Any of various perennial New World herbs of the genus Osmorhiza of the parsley family, having fleshy aromatic roots, compound leaves, and clusters of small ...
sweetcider
sweet cider n. Unfermented cider. * * *
sweetclover
sweet clover n. See melilot. * * *
sweetcorn
sweet corn n. A variety of corn (Zea mays var. rugosa), the common table and canning corn, having kernels that are sweet when young. Also called sugar corn. * * *
sweeten
/sweet"n/, v.t. 1. to make sweet, as by adding sugar. 2. to make mild or kind; soften. 3. to lessen the acridity or pungency of (a food) by prolonged cooking. 4. to reduce the ...
sweetener
/sweet"n euhr/, n. 1. something that sweetens, as sugar or a low-calorie synthetic product used instead of sugar. 2. an added inducement: such sweeteners as tax breaks and ...
sweetening
/sweet"n ing, sweet"ning/, n. 1. something that sweetens food, beverages, etc., as sugar, saccharine, etc. 2. the process of causing something to be or become sweet. [1585-95; ...
sweetfennel
sweet fennel n. See finocchio. * * *
sweetfern
sweet fern n. An aromatic deciduous shrub (Comptonia peregrina) of eastern North America, having narrow, deeply lobed, fernlike leaves and minute flowers grouped in catkinlike ...
sweetfish
▪ fish also called  ai , or  ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis)        delicately flavoured marine fish that migrates upstream to spawn in clear waters. It is found in ...
sweetflag
sweet flag n. A hardy perennial herb (Acorus calamus) of the Northern Hemisphere, growing in marshy places and having grasslike leaves, minute greenish flowers borne on a thick ...
sweetgale
sweet gale n. A deciduous swamp shrub (Myrica gale) of northern Eurasia and North America, having aromatic resinous leaves used in medicine and tiny yellowish fruits clustered in ...
sweetgum
sweet gum Liquidambar styraciflua Wendy Smith n. 1. Any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. styraciflua of North America and Central America, having ...
sweetheart
/sweet"hahrt'/, n. 1. either of a pair of lovers in relation to the other. 2. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address. 3. a beloved person. 4. Informal. a ...
sweetheart contract
a contract made through collusion between management and labor representatives containing terms beneficial to management and detrimental to union workers. Also called sweetheart ...
sweetheart neckline
a neckline on a woman's garment, as a dress, with a high back and a low-cut front with two curved edges resembling the conventionalized shape of a heart. Also called sweetheart ...
sweetie
/swee"tee/, n. 1. Informal. sweetheart. 2. Usually, sweeties. Brit. candy; sweets. [1695-1705; SWEET + -IE] * * *
sweetie pie
Informal. sweetheart (used esp. as a term of endearment). [1935-40] * * *
sweeting
/swee"ting/, n. 1. a sweet variety of apple. 2. Archaic. sweetheart. [1250-1300; ME sweting. See SWEET, -ING3] * * *
sweetish
—sweetishly, adv. —sweetishness, n. /swee"tish/, adj. somewhat sweet. [1570-80; SWEET + -ISH1] * * *
sweetleaf
/sweet"leef'/, n., pl. sweetleaves. a shrub or small tree, Symplocos tinctoria, of the eastern coast of the U.S., having lance-shaped leaves, yellowish, fragrant flowers, and ...
sweetly
See sweet. * * *
sweetmarjoram
sweet marjoram n. See marjoram. * * *
sweetmeat
/sweet"meet'/, n. 1. a sweet delicacy, prepared with sugar, honey, or the like, as preserves, candy, or, formerly, cakes or pastry. 2. Usually, sweetmeats. any sweet delicacy of ...
sweetness
See sweetly. * * *
sweetness and light
1. extreme or excessive pleasantness or amiability. 2. decorous charm combined with intelligence. [1695-1705] * * *
sweetnothings
sweet nothings pl.n. Endearments addressed to a lover. * * *
sweetpea
sweet pea n. An annual climbing herb (Lathyrus odoratus) of the pea family, native to Italy, cultivated for its variously colored, fragrant flowers. * * *
sweetpepper
sweet pepper n. Any of numerous varieties of the Capsicum annuum pepper, such as the bell pepper and pimiento, having mild nonpungent fruits. * * *
sweetpepperbush
sweet pepperbush n. A deciduous shrub (Clethra alnifolia) growing in moist ground from Maine to Florida and having long racemes of small fragrant white flowers. * * *
sweetpotato
sweet potato n. 1. a. A tropical American vine (Ipomoea batatas) having rose-violet or pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers, and cultivated for its fleshy tuberous orange root. b. ...
sweetshop
sweet·shop (swētʹshŏp') n. Chiefly British A candy store. * * *
sweetshrub
sweet shrub n. Any of several North American deciduous shrubs of the genus Calycanthus, having opposite leaves, fragrant reddish-brown flowers, and many dry fruits enclosed in a ...
sweetsop
/sweet"sop'/, n. 1. a sweet, pulpy fruit having a thin, tuberculate rind, borne by a tropical American tree or shrub, Annona squamosa, of the annona family. 2. the tree or shrub. ...
sweetsorghum
sweet sorghum n. See sorgo. * * *
sweetspot
sweet spot n. The place on a bat, club, racket, or paddle, where it is most effective to hit a ball. * * *
sweetsultan
sweet sultan n. An Old World annual herb, (Centaurea moschata) in the composite family, widely cultivated for its showy, fragrant, varicolored flower heads. * * *
sweettalk
sweet talk n. Informal Flattery; cajolery. * * *
sweettooth
sweet tooth n. Informal A fondness or craving for sweets. * * *
Sweetwater
/sweet"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. a city in NW Texas. 12,242. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1881) of Nolan county, west-central Texas, U.S. It lies on ...
Sweetwater River
▪ river, Wyoming, United States       river rising in the southern tip of Wind River Range, central Wyoming, U.S. It flows generally east for 175 miles (282 km) and ...
sweetWilliam
sweet William n. An annual, biennial, or perennial herb (Dianthus barbatus), native to Eurasia, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its flat-topped dense clusters of ...
sweetwoodruff
sweet woodruff n. See woodruff. * * *
sweetwort
/sweet"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. Brit. an infusion of unfermented malt. [1560-70; SWEET + WORT1] * * *
Sweezy, Paul Marlor
▪ 2005       American economist (b. April 10, 1910, New York, N.Y.—d. Feb. 28, 2004, Larchmont, N.Y.), was one of the leading Marxist intellectuals of the second half ...
sweid-
Sweat; to sweat. I. O-grade form *swoid-. 1. sweat, from Old English swǣtan, to sweat, from Germanic *swaitaz, sweat, with its denominative *swaitjan, to sweat. 2. Suffixed form ...
swel-
To eat, drink. 1. Perhaps Germanic *swil-. swill, from Old English swilian, to wash out, gargle. 2. Extended form *swelk-. swallow1; groundsel1, from Old English swelgan, to ...
Swelinck
/svay"lingk/, n. Jan Pieters /yahn pee"teuhrdds/ or Jan Pieterszoon /yahn pee"teuhrdd sohn'/. See Sweelinck, Jan Pieters or Jan Pieterszoon. * * *
swell
/swel/, v., swelled, swollen or swelled, swelling, n., adj. v.i. 1. to grow in bulk, as by the absorption of moisture or the processes of growth. 2. Path. to increase abnormally ...
swell box
a chamber containing a set of pipes in a pipe organ or of reeds in a reed organ, and having movable slats or shutters that can be opened or closed to increase or diminish tonal ...
swell front
Furniture. a horizontally convex front, as of a chest of drawers. Also called bow front. Cf. bombé. [1855-60] * * *
swellbox
swell box n. Music A chamber of an organ that houses a pipe or pipes and has shutters for controlling volume. * * *
swelled head
—swelled-headed, adj. —swelled-headedness, n. an inordinately grand opinion of oneself; conceit. [1890-95] * * *
swelledhead
swelled head (swĕld) n. Informal An unduly high opinion of oneself. * * *
Swellendam
▪ South Africa       town, Western Cape province, South Africa. It is situated in the Breede River valley 120 miles (190 km) east of Cape Town. The town lies inland ...
Swellendam and Graaff-Reinet
▪ historical district, South Africa       in South Africa, administrative districts of the Cape of Good Hope under the rule of the Dutch East India Company. Established ...
swellfish
/swel"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) swellfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) swellfishes. puffer (def. 2). [1800-10, Amer.; SWELL + FISH] * * *
swellhead
—swellheaded, adj. —swellheadedness, n. /swel"hed'/, n. a vain or arrogant person. [1835-45, Amer.; SWELL + HEAD] * * *
swellheaded
See swellhead. * * *
swelling
/swel"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that swells. 2. the condition of being or becoming swollen. 3. a swollen part; a protuberance or prominence. 4. Pathol. an abnormal ...
swelter
/swel"teuhr/, v.i. 1. to suffer from oppressive heat. v.t. 2. to oppress with heat. 3. Archaic. to exude, as venom. n. 4. a sweltering condition. [1375-1425; late ME swelt(e)ren ...
sweltering
—swelteringly, adv. /swel"teuhr ing/, adj. 1. suffering oppressive heat. 2. characterized by oppressive heat; sultry. [1565-75; SWELTER + -ING2] * * *
swelteringly
See sweltering. * * *
sweltry
/swel"tree/, adj., sweltrier, sweltriest. hot, sizzling, roasting; sweltering. [1570-80; SWELT(E)R + -Y1; cf. SULTRY] * * *
swen-
To sound. Also swenə- (oldest form *swenə₂-). 1. Suffixed o-grade form *swon-o-. a. swan1, from Old English swan, swan, from Germanic *swanaz, *swanōn-, “singer.” b. ...
Swenson
/swen"seuhn/, n. May, 1919-89, U.S. poet. * * *
Swenson, May
▪ American poet born May 28, 1919, Logan, Utah, U.S. died Dec. 4, 1989, Ocean View, Del.       American poet whose work is noted for its engaging imagery, intricate ...
swenə-
See swen-. * * *
swep-
To sleep. 1. Suffixed form *swep-os-. sopor; soporific, from Latin sopor, a deep sleep. 2. Suffixed form *swep-no-. somni-, somnolent; insomnia, from Latin somnus, sleep. 3. ...
swept
/swept/, v. 1. pt. and pp. of sweep. adj. 2. (of a sword guard) made up of curved bars. * * *
sweptback
/swept"bak"/, adj. Aeron. 1. (of the leading edge of an airfoil) forming a markedly obtuse angle with the fuselage. 2. (of an aircraft or winged missile) having wings of this ...
sweptwing
/swept"wing'/, adj. Aeron. (of an aircraft, winged missile, etc.) having sweptback wings. [SWEPT(BACK) + WING] * * *
swer-
To speak, talk. O-grade form *swor-. a. swear, from Old English swerian, to swear, proclaim, from Germanic *swarjan; b. answer, from Old English andswaru, answer, from Germanic ...
swerve
/swerrv/, v., swerved, swerving, n. v.i. 1. to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course. v.t. 2. to cause to turn aside: ...
swesor-
Sister. Perhaps originally a compound of s(w)e- and *esōr, woman, so literally “woman of one's own kin group” in an exogamous society. 1. Zero-grade form *swesr-. a. sister, ...
Swett, John
▪ American educator born July 31, 1830, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, U.S. died August 22, 1913, Alhambra, California       American educator known as the father of the ...
Swettenham, Sir Frank
▪ British colonial official born March 28, 1850, Belper, Derbyshire, Eng. died June 11, 1946, London       British colonial official in Malaya who was highly ...
sweven
/swev"euhn/, n. Archaic. a vision; dream. [bef. 900; ME; OE swefn; akin to ON sofa to sleep, L somnus, Gk hýpnos sleep] * * *
Sweyn I
or Sweyn Forkbeard died Feb. 3, 1014, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Eng. King of Denmark (с 987–1014) and Viking conqueror of Norway and England. He rebelled against his ...
Sweyn II Estridsen
▪ king of Denmark Danish  Svend Estridsen , Norwegian  Svein Estridsson  born c. 1020, Denmark died between 1074 and 1076, Denmark  king of Denmark (1047–74) who ended ...
SWG
SWG abbrev. standard wire gauge * * * SWG abbr. standard wire gauge. * * *
swidden
/swid"n/, n. a plot of land cleared for farming by burning away vegetation. [1951; special use of dial. (N England) swidden area of moor from which vegetation has been burned ...
Świdnica
▪ Poland German  Schweidnitz        city, Dolnośląskie województwo (province), southwestern Poland, on the Bystrzyca River, a tributary of the Oder River. Located ...
Świętokrzyskie
▪ province, Poland Introduction Polish  Województwo Świętokrzyskie        województwo (province), southern Poland. It is bordered by 6 of the 16 provinces: ...
Świętokrzyskie Mountains
▪ mountains, Poland Polish  Góry Świętokrzyskie        mountain range, part of the Little Poland Uplands, in south-central Poland, surrounding the city of Kielce. ...
swift
—swiftly, adv. —swiftness, n. /swift/, adj., swifter, swiftest, adv., n. adj. 1. moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity; fleet; rapid: a swift ship. 2. ...
Swift
/swift/, n. 1. Gustavus Franklin, 1839-1903, U.S. meat packer. 2. Jonathan ("Isaac Bickerstaff"), 1667-1745, English satirist and clergyman, born in Ireland. * * * Any of about ...
Swift Current
a city in SW Saskatchewan, in S Canada. 14,264. * * *
Swift, Graham
▪ British author in full  Graham Colin Swift  born May 4, 1949, London, Eng.       English novelist and short-story writer whose subtly sophisticated psychological ...
Swift, Gustavus Franklin
born June 24, 1839, West Sandwich, Mass., U.S. died March 29, 1903, Chicago, Ill. U.S. meatpacker. Swift started as a butcher's helper at age 14 and by 1859 was operating his ...
Swift, Homer Fordyce
▪ American physician born May 5, 1881, Paines Hollow, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 24, 1953, New York City       physician who, in collaboration with an English colleague, ...
Swift, Jonathan
born Nov. 30, 1667, Dublin, Ire. died Oct. 19, 1745, Dublin Irish author, the foremost prose satirist in English. He was a student at Dublin's Trinity College during the ...
Swift,Jonathan
Swift (swĭft), Jonathan. 1667-1745. Irish-born English writer known for his satirical works, including Gulliver's Travels (1726) and A Modest Proposal (1729). * * *
swift-footed
/swift"foot"id/, adj. swift in running. [1590-1600] * * *
swifter
swifter [swif′tər] n. 〚< obs. swift, to tighten, fasten with a taut rope〛 Naut. any of various ropes used for tightening or securing some part or thing * * *
Swiftian
Swiftian [swif′tē ən] adj. 1. of or relating to Jonathan Swift 2. like Swift's writings in tone or outlook; often, specif., sardonic, caustic, pessimistic, etc. * * *
swiftlet
/swift"lit/, n. any of several swifts of the genus Collocalia, of southeastern Asia, the East Indies, and Australia, certain species of which use saliva to construct nests, which ...
swiftly
See swift. * * *
swiftness
See swiftly. * * *
swig
—swigger, n. /swig/, n., v., swigged, swigging. Informal. n. 1. an amount of liquid, esp. liquor, taken in one swallow; draught: He took a swig from the flask. v.t., v.i. 2. to ...
Swigert, John L., Jr.
▪ American astronaut in full  John Leonard Swigert, Jr.,  byname  Jack Swigert  born Aug. 30, 1931, Denver, Colo., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1982, Washington, ...
swigger
See swig. * * *
swill
—swiller, n. /swil/, n. 1. liquid or partly liquid food for animals, esp. kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash. 2. kitchen refuse in general; garbage. 3. any liquid mess, ...
swiller
See swill. * * *
swim
—swimmable, adj. —swimmer, n. /swim/, v., swam, swum, swimming, n. v.i. 1. to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc. 2. to float on the surface of water or ...
swim bladder
swim bladder n. a gas-filled sac in the dorsal portion of the body cavity of most bony fishes, giving buoyancy to the body and used as an accessory, lunglike organ in ...
swim bladder.
See air bladder (def. 2). [1830-40] * * *
swim fin
one of a pair of flippers. [1945-50] * * *
swim mask
mask (def. 3). * * *
swimbladder
swim bladder n. See air bladder. * * *
swimmable
See swim. * * *
swimmer
See swimmable. * * *
swimmer's ear
Pathol. an inflammation of the outer ear occurring in persons who swim for long periods or fail to dry the ears. * * *
swimmer's itch
Pathol. an inflammation of the skin, resembling insect bites, caused by burrowing larval forms of schistosomes. [1925-30; so called because the schistosomes enter the skin from ...
swimmer'sitch
swim·mer's itch (swĭmʹərz) n. An itching inflammation of the skin caused by parasitic larval forms of certain schistosomes that penetrate into the skin, occurring after ...
swimmeret
/swim"euh ret'/, n. (in many crustaceans) one of a number of abdominal limbs or appendages, usually adapted for swimming and for carrying eggs, as distinguished from other limbs ...
swimming
—swimmingness, n. /swim"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that swims. 2. the skill or technique of a person who swims. 3. the sport of swimming. adj. 4. pertaining to, ...
swimming bath
Brit. See swimming pool. [1735-45] * * *
swimming crab
any of numerous, chiefly marine crabs, esp. of the family Portunidae, having the legs adapted for swimming. * * * ▪ crustacean  any member of the family Portunidae (order ...
swimming hole
a place, as in a stream or creek, where there is water deep enough to use for swimming. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
swimming pool
a tank or large artificial basin, as of concrete, for filling with water for swimming. [1895-1900] * * *
swimmingly
/swim"ing lee/, adv. without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly: She passed the exam swimmingly. [1615-25; SWIMMING (in sense "progressing smoothly") + -LY] * * *
swimmingpool
swimming pool n. A structure, often a concrete-lined excavation of rectangular shape, that is filled with water and used for swimming. * * *
swimsuit
/swim"sooht'/, n. See bathing suit. [1925-30; SWIM + SUIT] * * * ▪ garment also called  Bathing Suit,         garment designed for wearing while swimming. Sea ...
swimwear
/swim"wair'/, n. clothing designed to be worn for swimming or at a beach. [1930-35; SWIM + WEAR] * * *
Swinburne
/swin"beuhrn/, n. Algernon Charles, 1837-1909, English poet and critic. * * *
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
born April 5, 1837, London, Eng. died April 10, 1909, Putney, London English poet and critic. After attending Eton and the University of Oxford, Swinburne lived on an allowance ...
Swinburne,Algernon Charles
Swin·burne (swĭnʹbûrn'), Algernon Charles. 1837-1909. British poet and critic who wrote musical, often erotic verse in which he attacked the conventions of Victorian ...
Swindin, George Hedley
▪ 2006       English association football (soccer) player (b. Dec. 4, 1914, Campsall, Yorkshire, Eng.—d. Oct. 26, 2005, Kettering, Northamptonshire, Eng.), manned the ...
swindle
—swindleable, adj. —swindler, n. —swindlingly, adv. /swin"dl/, v., swindled, swindling, n. v.t. 1. to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets. 2. to ...
swindle sheet
Slang. 1. an expense account. 2. a log sheet, as kept by a trucker, cab driver, hourly worker, or the like. [1945-50] * * *
swindled
/swin"dld/, adj. Jewelry. (of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, esp. by having the table too ...
swindler
swindler [swind′lər] n. 〚Ger schwindler < schwindeln, to be dizzy, defraud, cheat < OHG swintilon, freq. of swintan, to disappear, wither, prob. < IE base * (s)wendh-, to ...
Swindon
Swin·don (swĭnʹdən) A municipal borough of south-central England east-northeast of Bristol. It has an important locomotive industry. Population: 151,600. * * * ▪ town ...
swine
—swinelike, adj. /swuyn/, n., pl. swine. 1. any stout, cloven-hoofed artiodactyl of the Old World family Suidae, having a thick hide sparsely covered with coarse hair, a ...
swine erysipelas
Vet. Pathol. erysipelas (def. 2). Cf. erysipeloid. * * *
swine fever
Vet. Pathol. See hog cholera. [1895-1900] * * *
swine flu
Pathol. a highly contagious form of influenza caused by infection with a filterable virus first isolated from swine. [1920-25] * * *
swine plague
Vet. Pathol. hemorrhagic septicemia of hogs, caused by the bacterium Pasteurella suiseptica, characterized by an accompanying infection of pneumonia. [1890-95] * * *
swineflu
swine flu n. A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine. * * *
swineherd
—swineherdship, n. /swuyn"herrd'/, n. a person who tends swine. [bef. 1100; ME; late OE swynhyrde. See SWINE, HERD2] * * *
swinepox
/swuyn"poks'/, n. 1. a variety of chicken pox. 2. Vet. Pathol. a mild pox disease of swine, caused by a virus related to that of cowpox, characterized by the appearance of ...
swing
swing1 —swingable, adj. /swing/, v., swung, swinging, n., adj. v.t. 1. to cause to move to and fro, sway, or oscillate, as something suspended from above: to swing one's arms ...
swing bridge
a bridge that can open by pivoting on a central pier to let vessels pass. [1700-10] * * *
swing by
Aerospace. a trajectory that uses the gravitational field of one celestial body to alter the course of a spacecraft destined for another body. [1960-65, Amer.; n. use of v. ...
swing dance
Social dance form dating from the 1940s. Danced in the U.S. to swing music, the dance steps have distinct regional variations, including forms such as the West Coast swing, the ...
swing leg
Furniture. a leg at the end of a hinged rail, swinging out to support a drop leaf. Cf. gate leg. * * *
swing loan
a bridge loan. * * *
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
a US spiritual. It is well known in Britain, where it is often sung at matches by supporters of the English national Rugby Union team. * * *
swing music
swing2 (def. 1). * * *
swing pass
swing pass n. Football a pass thrown to a receiver, usually a running back, who is running toward a sideline * * *
swing shift
—swing shifter. 1. a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight. 2. the group of workers on such a shift. [1935-40] * * *
swing-by
swing-by (swĭngʹbī') n. pl. swing-·bys An interplanetary mission in which a space vehicle uses planetary gravitation for changes in course. * * *
swing-wing
/swing"wing'/, adj. (of an airplane) having wings whose horizontal angle to the fuselage centerline can be adjusted fore and aft to optimize aerodynamic performance at widely ...
swingback
/swing"bak'/, n. (esp. in political affairs) a return or reversion, as to previous opinion, custom, or ideology: We must fight any swingback to isolationism. [1860-65; n. use of ...
swingby
☆ swingby [swiŋ′bī΄ ] n. a flight path of a spacecraft using the gravitational field of an intermediate planet or the destination planet to achieve a desired change in ...
swinge
swinge1 —swinger /swin"jeuhr/, n. /swinj/, v.t., swinged, swingeing. Brit. Dial. to thrash; punish. [1250-1300; ME swengen to shake, smite, OE swengan, causative of swingan to ...


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