What does swallow mean?

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ˈswɒl oʊswal·low

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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).

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?"

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.

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

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  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. Arthur Stringer:

    Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.

  2. Hannah Arrington:

    As The Arringtons ate them, they went down into The Arringtons digestive tract, and then each time The Arringtons would find another one somewhere in the house and swallow it, it would click together and it perforated a hole through The Arringtons stomach all the way down into The Arringtons colon area.

  3. Ash Barty:

    It's disappointing right now. Give me an hour or so, we'll be all good. The sun's still going to come up tomorrow, overall it's been a hell of a trip ... Obviously it's a tough pill to swallow. In the same breath, it's been an incredible few months.

  4. Stephen Curry:

    At home in the fourth quarter, I felt like we could go for that dagger punch and didn't really put any pressure on the defense, that's something that is tough to kind of swallow with the opportunity we had in front of us.

  5. Ramon Llamas:

    The lower price Apple Watch 3 is a gateway to get people to commit, comparatively speaking, you are paying 50 % less than a new model — a cost that is a lot easier to swallow.

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