|Origin:||swæth 'footstep, track'|
swathe1 also swath [countable]
a long thin area of something, especially land
The bomb had left a swathe of the town centre in ruins.
A swathe of sunlight lay across the floor.
a long thin area of grass or plants that has been cut down:
We cut a swathe through the dense undergrowth.
to destroy a large amount or part of something