What does swallow mean?

Definitions for swallow
ˈswɒl oʊswal·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swallow, sup(noun)

    a small amount of liquid food

    "a sup of ale"

  2. swallow, drink, deglutition(noun)

    the act of swallowing

    "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"

  3. swallow(verb)

    small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations

  4. swallow, get down(verb)

    pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

    "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"

  5. swallow(verb)

    engulf and destroy

    "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"

  6. immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat up(verb)

    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

    "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"

  7. swallow(verb)

    utter indistinctly

    "She swallowed the last words of her speech"

  8. swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw(verb)

    take back what one has said

    "He swallowed his words"

  9. swallow(verb)

    keep from expressing

    "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

  10. accept, live with, swallow(verb)

    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"

  11. swallow(verb)

    believe or accept without questioning or challenge

    "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"

Wiktionary

  1. swallow(Noun)

    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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swallow(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  2. Swallow(noun)

    any one of numerous species of swifts which resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the common American chimney swallow, or swift

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  3. Swallow(noun)

    the aperture in a block through which the rope reeves

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  4. Swallow(verb)

    to take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  5. Swallow(verb)

    to draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb -- usually followed by up

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  6. Swallow(verb)

    to receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  7. Swallow(verb)

    to engross; to appropriate; -- usually with up

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  8. Swallow(verb)

    to occupy; to take up; to employ

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  9. Swallow(verb)

    to seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  10. Swallow(verb)

    to retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  11. Swallow(verb)

    to put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  12. Swallow(verb)

    to perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  13. Swallow(noun)

    the act of swallowing

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  14. Swallow(noun)

    the gullet, or esophagus; the throat

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  15. Swallow(noun)

    taste; relish; inclination; liking

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  16. Swallow(noun)

    capacity for swallowing; voracity

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  17. Swallow(noun)

    as much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

  18. Swallow(noun)

    that which ingulfs; a whirlpool

    Etymology: [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]

Freebase

  1. Swallow

    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

  1. Swallow

    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.]

  2. Swallow

    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

  1. swallow

    The score of a block.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swallow' in Verbs Frequency: #679

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of swallow in a Sentence

  1. Jamela Dunbar:

    On the day of Armageddon, the human race will be extinct from Plant Earth. The water will swallow up the lands. And the lands will rise up again, barren as before, and a new species of living beings will inhabit Planet Earth. With a higher level of intelligence unknown to humans. No human will survive this catastrophic ordeal. There will be no trace of the human race. Mother nature will repeat history, again. One Million years at a time. As no beginning, and as a world without end. Something humans will not live to tell.”

  2. Pearl Bailey:

    There is a period of life when we swallow knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.

  3. Brian Gorman:

    The [ new and old ] camps will have many of the same elements, but also [ be ] so different that they'll almost be like something entirely separate, it's a hard pill to swallow, but I'm also confident that we will create a unique and thoroughly engaging and creative experience for our kids.

  4. Michael Moller:

    It's tough for some of these guys to swallow. And it's tough, particularly for some of the bigger countries that are used to a very top-down governance.

  5. Mike Kellen:

    Etymology, n.: Some early etymological scholars come up with derivations that were hard for the public to believe. The term "etymology" was formed from the Latin "etus" ("eaten"), the root "mal" ("bad"), and "logy" ("study of"). It meant "the study of things that are hard to swallow."

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