Definitions for swallow
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word swallow.
a small amount of liquid food
"a sup of ale"
swallow, drink, deglutitionnoun
the act of swallowing
"one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
swallow, get downverb
pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
"Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
engulf and destroy
"The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat upverb
enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
"The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
"She swallowed the last words of her speech"
swallow, take back, unsay, withdrawverb
take back what one has said
"He swallowed his words"
keep from expressing
"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
accept, live with, swallowverb
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
"I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
believe or accept without questioning or challenge
"Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
A small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family with long, pointed, moon-shaped wings and a forked tail which feeds on the wing by catching insects.
Etymology: Late swelg, from Germanic (related to Etymology 1, above).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A small bird of passage, or, as some say, a bird that lies hid and sleeps in the Winter.
Etymology: swalewe , Saxon.
The swallow follows not Summer more willingly than we your lordship. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.
That come before the swallow dares. William Shakespeare.
The swallows make use of celandine, and the linnet of euphragia. More.
When swallows fleet soar high and sport in air,
He told us that the welkin would be clear. John Gay.
The swallow sweeps
The slimy pool, to build his hanging house
Intent. James Thomson, Spring.
The throat; voracity.
Etymology: swalewe , Saxon.
Had this man of merit and mortification been called to account for his ungodly swallow, in gorging down the estates of helpless widows and orphans, he would have told them that it was all for charitable uses. South.
Etymology: swelgan , Saxon; swelgen, Dutch.
I swallow down my spittle. Job vii. 19.
If little faults
Shall not be wink’d at, how shall we stretch our eye,
Whose capital crimes chew’d, swallow’d, and digested,
Appear before us? William Shakespeare, Henry V.
Men are, at a venture, of the religion of the country; and must therefore swallow down opinions, as silly people do empiricks pills, and have nothing to do but believe that they will do the cure. John Locke.
Consider and judge of it as a matter of reason, and not swallow it without examination as a matter of faith. John Locke.
Far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy. 2 Sa.
excels all the inventors of other arts in this, that he has swallowed up the honour of those who succeeded him. Alexander Pope.
Though you untie the winds, and let them fight
Against the churches, though the yesty waves
Confound and swallow navigation up. William Shakespeare.
I may be pluck’d into the swallowing womb
Of this deep pit, poor Bassianus’ grave. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andron.
Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Cor. xv. 54.
If the earth open her mouth and swallow them up, ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. Num. xvi.
In bogs swallow’d up and lost. John Milton.
He hid many things from us, not that they would swallow up our understanding, but divert our attention from what is more important. Decay of Piety.
Nature would abhor
To be forced back again upon herself,
And like a whirlpool swallow her own streams. John Dryden, Oedipus.
Should not the sad occasion swallow up
My other cares, and draw them all into it? Addison.
And late at night in swallowing earthquake sunk. James Thomson.
The necessary provision for life swallows the greatest part of their time. John Locke.
Corruption swallow’d what the liberal hand
Of bounty scatter’d. James Thomson, Autumn.
The priest and the prophet are swallowed up of wine. Is.
The swallows, martins, and saw-wings, or Hirundinidae, are a family of passerine songbirds found around the world on all continents, including occasionally in Antarctica. Highly adapted to aerial feeding, they have a distinctive appearance. The term "swallow" is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the barn swallow. Around 90 species of Hirundinidae are known, divided into 19 genera, with the greatest diversity found in Africa, which is also thought to be where they evolved as hole-nesters. They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are nonmigratory. This family comprises two subfamilies: Pseudochelidoninae (the river martins of the genus Pseudochelidon) and Hirundininae (all other swallows, martins, and saw-wings). In the Old World, the name "martin" tends to be used for the squarer-tailed species, and the name "swallow" for the more fork-tailed species; however, this distinction does not represent a real evolutionary separation. In the New World, "martin" is reserved for members of the genus Progne. (These two systems are responsible for the same species being called sand martin in the Old World and bank swallow in the New World.)
any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, especially one of those species in which the tail is deeply forked. They have long, pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and gracefulness of their flight
any one of numerous species of swifts which resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the common American chimney swallow, or swift
the aperture in a block through which the rope reeves
to take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink
to draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb -- usually followed by up
to receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly
to engross; to appropriate; -- usually with up
to occupy; to take up; to employ
to seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume
to retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions
to put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult
to perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow
the act of swallowing
the gullet, or esophagus; the throat
taste; relish; inclination; liking
capacity for swallowing; voracity
as much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water
that which ingulfs; a whirlpool
Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]
The swallows and martins are a group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the Barn Swallow. This family comprises two subfamilies: Pseudochelidoninae and Hirundininae. Within the Old World, the name "martin" tends to be used for the squarer-tailed species, and the name "swallow" for the more fork-tailed species; however, there is no scientific distinction between these two groups. Within the New World, "martin" is reserved for members of the genus Progne. The entire family contains around 83 species in 19 genera. The swallows have a cosmopolitan distribution across the world and breed on all the continents except Antarctica. It is believed that this family originated in Africa as hole-nesters; Africa still has the greatest diversity of species. They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory. A few species of swallow and martin are threatened with extinction by human activities, although other species have benefited from human changes to the environment and live around humans.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
swol′ō, n. a migratory bird with long wings, which seizes its insect food on the wing: a genus (Hirundo) and family (Hirundinidæ) of passerine birds, with long and pointed wings.—adj. Swall′ow-tailed, like a swallow's tail in form, forked and pointed—of a dress-coat. [A.S. swalewe; Ger. schwalbe.]
swol′ō, v.t. to receive through the gullet into the stomach: to engulf: to absorb: to occupy: to exhaust.—n. Swall′ower. [A.S. swelgan, to swallow; cog. with Ger. schwelgen.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The score of a block.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'swallow' in Verbs Frequency: #679
The numerical value of swallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of swallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
If we are watching them celebrate on our home turf, I think that’s going to be a hard pill to swallow.
The Republicans have bitten off a very large piece of policy that I don’t know that they can chew, swallow and get a result.
This whole concept of using less and paying more is a very hard pill to swallow, we have plenty of water.
For all these successes in the past two years I had to be ready to withstand a lot and also put up with a lot, from the rat poem to the proximity to radical right-wing groups and the 'isolated incidents' that kept coming back, there were many situations in which I found it very difficult to swallow all that.
( As conservative lawyers suggest) is why it's a bit hard to swallow that this was just a ruse to see how reporters would react, as a later tweet suggested, this guy who purports to want to protect elections was just weeks ago saying reform of the Electoral Count Act was a ‘ trap, ’.
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Translations for swallow
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- sluk, swavelAfrikaans
- سنونو, بلع, جرعArabic
- ластаўка, каўтаць, глытацьBelarusian
- лястовица, гълтамBulgarian
- enviar, engolir, engoliment, orenetaCatalan, Valencian
- spolknout, polknout, lok, hlt, vlaštovka, polykatCzech
- gwennol, llyncuWelsh
- svale, landsvaleDanish
- Schwalbe, schluckenGerman
- καταπίνω, χελιδόνιGreek
- gluti, hirundo, englutiEsperanto
- comérselo, engullir, golondrina, deglutir, tragar, ingurgitarSpanish
- پرستو, بلعیدن, چلچله, اوباردن, ابابیلPersian
- nielaus, pääskynen, nielaista, niellä, kulausFinnish
- avaler, déglutir, digérer, hirondelleFrench
- swel, boereswelWestern Frisian
- gòbhlan-gaoithe, sluigScottish Gaelic
- gollan geayeeManx
- fecske, nyelHungarian
- կուլ տալ, ծիծեռնակArmenian
- hirundine, glutir, ingurgitar, inglutir, deglutirInterlingua
- menelan, menenggakIndonesian
- glutar, hirundoIdo
- svala, landsvalaIcelandic
- rondine, deglutire, accettare, ingerire, assorbire, inghiottire, consumare, crederciItalian
- 飲み込む, ツバメ, つばめ, 燕Japanese
- ყლაპვა, მერცხალი, ყლაპავსGeorgian
- 제비, 삼키다Korean
- dabilandin, daûrandin, pejirandin, qurt, hechecik, çal, hacîreşk, daqurtandin, qurç, پهڕهسێلکه, kend, dûmeqesk, nîçKurdish
- Schmuebel, SchmuelefLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ластовичка, ластовицаMacedonian
- svelg, svelge, avgrunn, svale, slukeNorwegian
- slok, zwaluw, slikken, boerenzwaluw, doorslikkenDutch
- sluke, svelgje, svelg, avgrunn, svaleNorwegian Nynorsk
- táshchozhiiNavajo, Navaho
- ironda, randoletaOccitan
- jaskółka, połykać, połknąć, dymówkaPolish
- andorinha, engolir, deglutirPortuguese
- irundeala, randulina, hirondellaRomansh
- rândunea, lăstun, înghiți, rândunicăRomanian
- проглотить, глото́к, ласточка, глотнуть, глотатьRussian
- arrùndine, arrùndini, mongixeddaSardinian
- gutljaj, ласта, гутати, прогутати, lastavica, progutati, gutati, гутљај, ластавица, lastaSerbo-Croatian
- lastovička, hltaťSlovak
- lastovka, pogoltniti, požirati, lastovicaSlovene
- dallëndyshja, gëlltit, gëlltisAlbanian
- ladusvala, svala, sväljaSwedish
- meza, mbayuwayuSwahili
- మింగు, తినుTelugu
- นางแอ่น, กลืนThai
- yutmak, yutkunmak, inanmak, kır kırlangıcı, almak, kabul etmek, tüketmek, kabullenmekTurkish
- ластівка, ковтатиUkrainian
- chim nhạn, nuốtVietnamese
- houmer, acroere, oronde, goirdjî, avalerWalloon
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