What does SWAP mean?

Definitions for SWAPswɒp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SWAP.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barter, swap, swop, trade(verb)

    an equal exchange

    "we had no money so we had to live by barter"

  2. trade, swap, swop, switch(verb)

    exchange or give (something) in exchange for

  3. swap(verb)

    move (a piece of a program) into memory, in computer science


  1. swap(Noun)

    A roughly equal exchange of two comparable things.

  2. swap(Noun)

    A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.

  3. swap(Verb)

    To strike, hit.

  4. swap(Verb)

    To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).

  5. Origin: Uncertain, probably from imitative origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swap(verb)

    to strike; -- with off

  2. Swap(verb)

    to exchange (usually two things of the same kind); to swop

  3. Swap(verb)

    to fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently

  4. Swap(verb)

    to beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap

  5. Swap(noun)

    a blow; a stroke

  6. Swap(noun)

    an exchange; a barter

  7. Swap(noun)


  8. Origin: [See Swap, n.]


  1. Swap

    In finance, a swap is a derivative in which counterparties exchange cash flows of one party's financial instrument for those of the other party's financial instrument. The benefits in question depend on the type of financial instruments involved. For example, in the case of a swap involving two bonds, the benefits in question can be the periodic interest payments associated with the bonds. Specifically, the two counterparties agree to exchange one stream of cash flows against another stream. These streams are called the legs of the swap. The swap agreement defines the dates when the cash flows are to be paid and the way they are calculated. Usually at the time when the contract is initiated at least one of these series of cash flows is determined by a random or uncertain variable such as an interest rate, foreign exchange rate, equity price or commodity price. The cash flows are calculated over a notional principal amount. Contrary to a future, a forward or an option, the notional amount is usually not exchanged between counterparties. Consequently, swaps can be in cash or collateral. Swaps can be used to hedge certain risks such as interest rate risk, or to speculate on changes in the expected direction of underlying prices.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swap

    swop, v.t. to barter.—n. an exchange.—adj. Swap′ping, large. [Swop.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. swap

    1. [techspeak] To move information from a fast-access memory to a slow-access memory (swap out), or vice versa (swap in). Often refers specifically to the use of disks as virtual memory. As pieces of data or program are needed, they are swapped into core for processing; when they are no longer needed they may be swapped out again. 2. The jargon use of these terms analogizes people's short-term memories with core. Cramming for an exam might be spoken of as swapping in. If you temporarily forget someone's name, but then remember it, your excuse is that it was swapped out. To keep something swapped in means to keep it fresh in your memory: “I reread the TECO manual every few months to keep it swapped in.” If someone interrupts you just as you got a good idea, you might say “Wait a moment while I swap this out”, implying that a piece of paper is your extra-somatic memory and that if you don't swap the idea out by writing it down it will get overwritten and lost as you talk. Compare page in, page out.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SWAP' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4081

Anagrams for SWAP »

  1. WSPA

  2. paws

  3. wasp


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWAP in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWAP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Spiro Agnew:

    Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike -- I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Dream BIG! If your dreams of today make you feel comfortable and don't scare you at all, they're not BIG. It's about time now to swap those for new Dreams that are bigger and better.

  3. Siobhan Morden:

    You have to pay back the China swap line (in 12 months time). It is a temporary fix to end the term, but it places a huge burden on the incoming administration to pay back the swap line and reverse the balance of payments deficit.

  4. Marco Santamaria:

    I don't think it makes sense to engage in the swap, when you can execute at better prices in the market, most issuers give you an incentive to participate in a swap and/or new issue... here you are paying a premium. I don't get it.

  5. Scott Wotherspoon:

    They said, 'Before you sign the paper we'll get our swaps lady in, who will tell you what swap you should get.' She said, 'This is the best swap for you,' then jumped into the Porsche she had waiting outside to go and sell it to somebody else.

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