What does swallow mean?

Definitions for swallow
ˈswɒl oʊswal·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swallow, supnoun

    a small amount of liquid food

    "a sup of ale"

  2. 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"

  3. swallowverb

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

  4. swallow, get downverb

    pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

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

  5. swallowverb

    engulf and destroy

    "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"

  6. 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"

  7. swallowverb

    utter indistinctly

    "She swallowed the last words of her speech"

  8. swallow, take back, unsay, withdrawverb

    take back what one has said

    "He swallowed his words"

  9. swallowverb

    keep from expressing

    "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

  10. 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"

  11. swallowverb

    believe or accept without questioning or challenge

    "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"

Wiktionary

  1. swallownoun

    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. Swallownoun

    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. Swallownoun

    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. Swallownoun

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallowverb

    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. Swallownoun

    the act of swallowing

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

  14. Swallownoun

    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. Swallownoun

    taste; relish; inclination; liking

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

  16. Swallownoun

    capacity for swallowing; voracity

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

  17. Swallownoun

    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. Swallownoun

    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. Anthony Liccione:

    I put all my words on paper. Delicately my life comes in and out with the flow of ink, thinking this is the reason for this. I want to believe. The shadowed streets I had to bare, forking into the next. No spoon in my pocket to feed, absent of love. This is the reason for those cored of humanity, that feel cheated of life. How far do we run. How far do we crawl. How far, is far enough, before we return to spiral again. Salvation. Salvation is like salt in the vein, that fuels the numbness. We all want to be saved. Safe from harm and pain, preseved from the pervasive animosity that grows in the reoccurring years. But we are never safe. Vulnerable to the bitterness that we bite off and swallow.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    A slack hand causes poverty. But the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4). That is what the scripture says. So, it is up to you. Do you prefer to keep to your pride and then end up achieving nothing? Or are you ready to swallow your pride and then emerge a success eventually? The choice is always yours. But, never forget. The collision of preparation and opportunity is what generates an offspring called genuine success. -Emeasoba George

  3. Jacob Hornberger:

    It’s your classic conundrum, whether the Congress should swallow the bad in order to get the good. It’s time to get beyond fighting in the weeds here.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When you rise quickly like a swallow, you must keep in mind that you may also fall fast like a stone!

  5. Emeasoba George:

    To love all or to live for others is never onerous i.e. it doesn't require a great deal of effort. Yes! what it takes is just to swallow up your own pride, interest, comfort or right and as well to realize that life is not meant to be all about you. In other words, you should take into consideration someone else's or other people's needs, interest, well-being and welfare.

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    an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
    • A. elation
    • B. abandon
    • C. impurity
    • D. hunch

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