Definition of Swallow

n.1.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinidæ, 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.
2.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of swifts which resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the common American chimney swallow, or swift.
3.(Naut.) The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves.
Swallow plover
(Zool.) any one of several species of fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus Glareola, as G. orientalis of India; a pratincole.
Swallow shrike
(Zool.) any one of several species of East Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidæ, allied to the shrikes but similar to swallows in appearance and habits. The ashy swallow shrike (Artamus fuscus) is common in India.
Swallow warbler
(Zool.) any one of numerous species of East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus Dicæum. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
v. t.1.To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink.
[imp. & p. p. Swallowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swallowing.]
As if I had swallowed snowballs for pills.
- Shak.
2.To draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb - usually followed by up.
The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses.
- Num. xvi. 32.
3.To receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly.
Though that story . . . be not so readily swallowed.
- Sir T. Browne.
4.To engross; to appropriate; - usually with up.
Homer excels . . . in this, that he swallowed up the honor of those who succeeded him.
- Pope.
5.To occupy; to take up; to employ.
The necessary provision of the life swallows the greatest part of their time.
- Locke.
6.To seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume.
7.To retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions.
8.To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult.
v. i.1.To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow.
n.1.The act of swallowing.
2.The gullet, or esophagus; the throat.
3.Taste; relish; inclination; liking.
I have no swallow for it.
- Massinger.
4.Capacity for swallowing; voracity.
There being nothing too gross for the swallow of political rancor.
- Prof. Wilson.
5.As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water.
6.That which ingulfs; a whirlpool.

Related Words

abide, abjure, ablate, absorb, accede, accept, accept for gospel, accept implicitly, acquiesce, allow, and sinker, antelope, arrow, assent, assimilate, back down, back out, backwater, be a sucker, be agreeable, be certain, be taken in, bear with, beard, believe, believe without reservation, bite, bleed white, blue darter, blue streak, bolus, brook, burn up, buy, cannonball, champ, chaw, chew, chomp, climb down, comply, conquer, consent, consume, control, courser, crawfish out, credit, cud, dart, deny, deplete, devour, digest, disavow, disclaim, disown, dispatch, dispose of, disregard, down, drain, drain of resources, drink, drinking, drop, eagle, eat crow, eat humble pie, eat up, eating, electricity, endure, engorge, engorgement, engulf, engulfment, erode, exhaust, expend, express train, face the music, fall for, finish, finish off, flash, forswear, fumble, gazelle, get away with, get down, give faith to, gnash, go, go along with, go for, gob, gobble, gobble up, greased lightning, greyhound, gulp down, gulping, guzzle, hare, ignore, imbibe, imbibition, impoverish, ingest, ingestion, ingurgitate, ingurgitation, jet plane, knock under, knuckle down, knuckle under, lap up, light, lightning, line, live with it, mercury, morsel, mouthful, muddle, munch, murmur, mutter, nibble, nip, not resist, obey, overcome, pack away, pocket, pocket the affront, put away, put faith in, quaff, quicksilver, quid, quilt, recant, receive, relent, renege, renounce, repress, repudiate, resign, retract, revoke, rocket, scared rabbit, set store by, shot, sip, slurp, smother, snap, spend, squander, stand, stifle, stomach, streak, streak of lightning, striped snake, submit, succumb, suck dry, sup, suppress, surround, swallow an insult, swallow anything, swallow hook, swallow it, swallow the pill, swallow up, swallow whole, swallowing, swig, swill, swill down, swing at, take, take back, take down, take for granted, take in, take it, take on faith, take on trust, take stock in, take the bait, thought, thunderbolt, tolerate, torrent, toss, trust, tuck in, tumble for, turn aside provocation, unsay, use up, waste away, wear away, wind, withdraw, wolf down


Swage block
Swallow plover
Swallow shrike
Swallow warbler
Swallow-tailed duck
Swallow-tailed gull
Swallow-tailed hawk
swallow-tailed kite
Swallow-tailed moth
Swamp blackbird
Swamp cabbage
Swamp deer
Swamp hen
Swamp honeysuckle
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home | Privacy Policy