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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swan(verb)

    stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

  2. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear(verb)

    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    "Before God I swear I am innocent"

  3. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond(verb)

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

  4. swan(verb)

    sweep majestically

    "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"


  1. swan(Noun)

    (plural also 'swan') Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus, most of which have white plumage.

  2. swan(Noun)

    One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.

  3. swan(Verb)

    To travel from place to place with no fixed itinerary or purpose.

  4. Swan(Noun)

    someone connected with Swansea City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach, etc.

  5. Swan(Noun)

    someone connected with the Sydney Swans, as a fan, player, coach, etc.

  6. Origin: From swanaz, whence also Old High German , Old Norse svanr

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swan(noun)

    any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninae. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death

  2. Swan(noun)

    fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon

  3. Swan(noun)

    the constellation Cygnus

  4. Origin: [AS. swan; akin to D. zwaan, OHG. swan, G. schwan, Icel. svanr, Sw. svan, Dan. svane; and perhaps to E. sound something audible.]


  1. Swan

    Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans' close relatives include the geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae. There are six or seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered one of the true swans. Swans usually mate for life, though 'divorce' does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swan

    swon, n. a genus of birds constituting a very distinct section of the Duck family Anatidæ, having the neck as long as the body, noted for grace and stateliness of movement on the water.—ns. Swan′-goose, the China goose; Swan′-herd, one who tends swans; Swan′-hop′ping, better Swan′-mark′ing and Swan′-up′ping, the custom of marking the upper mandible of a swan to show ownership—done annually to the royal swans on the Thames, the occasion being excuse for a festive expedition.—adj. Swan′-like.—ns. Swan′-maid′en, a familiar figure in European folklore, changing at will into a maiden or a swan by means of the magic properties of her shift; Swan′-mark, the notch made on the swan's upper mandible; Swan′-neck, the end of a pipe, &c., curved like a swan's neck; Swan′nery, a place where swans are kept and tended.—adj. Swan′ny, swan-like.—ns. Swan's′-down, the down or under-plumage of a swan, used for powder-puffs, &c.: a soft woollen cloth: a thick cotton with a soft nap on one side; Swan′-shot, a shot of large size, like buck-shot; Swan′-skin, the unplucked skin of a swan: a soft, nappy, fine-twilled flannel; Swan′-song, the fabled song of a swan just before its death: a poet's or musician's last work. [A.S. swan; Ger. schwan, Dut. zwaan.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swan in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of swan in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Even if you enter the dirty water, stay neat like a white swan!

  2. Jared Kushner:

    Donald Trump's a black swan. Donald Trump's been a black swan all of his life.

  3. Anonymous D:

    The difference between a mountain goat and a swan is that swan mucks around the fountains.

  4. Epictetus:

    Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale were I a swan, the part of a swan.

  5. Burmese Proverb:

    A swan is out of place among crows, a lion among bulls, a horse among asses, and a wise man among fools.

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