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Language: Old English
Origin: swæth 'footstep, track'

swathe

1 noun
     
swathe1 also swath [countable]
1 a long thin area of something, especially land
swathe of
The bomb had left a swathe of the town centre in ruins.
A swathe of sunlight lay across the floor.
2TA a long thin area of grass or plants that has been cut down:
We cut a swathe through the dense undergrowth.
3

cut a swathe through something

to destroy a large amount or part of something

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