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Definition of swath noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also swathe) (formal)
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  1. 1a long strip of land, especially one on which the plants or crops have been cut The combine had cut a swath around the edge of the field. Development has affected vast swaths of our countryside.
  2. 2a large strip or area of something The mountains rose above a swath of thick clouds.
  3. Idioms
    cut a swath through something
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    (of a person, fire, etc.) to pass through a particular area, destroying a large part of it Building the tunnel would involve cutting a huge swath through the mountain.