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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swamp, swampland(noun)

    low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

  2. swamp(verb)

    a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables

    "he was trapped in a medical swamp"

  3. swamp, drench(verb)

    drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

    "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

  4. deluge, flood, inundate, swamp(verb)

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

    "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"


  1. swamp(Noun)

    A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.

  2. swamp(Noun)

    A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.

  3. swamp(Verb)

    To drench or fill with water.

    The boat was swamped in the storm.

  4. swamp(Verb)

    To overwhelm; to make too busy or overrun capacity.

    I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swamp(noun)

    wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore

  2. Swamp(verb)

    to plunge or sink into a swamp

  3. Swamp(verb)

    to cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water

  4. Swamp(verb)

    fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck

  5. Swamp(verb)

    to sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties

  6. Swamp(verb)

    to become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked

  7. Origin: [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D. zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. svppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.]


  1. Swamp

    A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers, where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. Some swamps have hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodical inundation. The two main types of swamp are "true" or swamp forests and "transitional" or shrub swamps. In the boreal regions of Canada, the word swamp is colloquially used for what is more correctly termed a bog or muskeg. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater. Some of the world's largest swamps are found along major rivers such as the Amazon, the Mississippi, and the Congo. Conservationists have worked hard to preserve swamps. For example, the swamps in Northwest Indiana have been preserved as part of the Indiana Dunes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swamp

    swomp, n. wet, spongy land: low ground filled with water.—v.t. to sink in, or as in a swamp: to overset, or cause to fill with water, as a boat.—adj. Swamp′y, consisting of swamp: wet and spongy. [Scand., Dan. and Sw. svamp, a sponge; from the root of swim.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. swamp

    A tract of land or bog on which, from its impermeable bottom, the collected fresh water remains stagnant.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swamp in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swamp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of swamp in a Sentence

  1. President Donald J. Trump:

    James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, we're draining the swamp, folks.

  2. Don Blankenship:

    Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    No owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp and no traitor of the treason!

  4. Richard Leakey:

    He obviously fell into a swamp, which is why his bones were so complete and they weren't scavenged by animals.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    We just had a ‘drain the swamp’ election,’ let’s not just turn around and bring back earmarks two weeks later.

Images & Illustrations of swamp

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