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Meaning of SWALLOW

Pronunciation:  'swâlow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of swallowing; "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
  2. [n]  small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
  3. [n]  a small amount of liquid food; "a sup of ale"
  4. [v]  believe or accept without questioning or challenge; "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
  5. [v]  tolerate or accommodate oneself to; "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncracies"
  6. [v]  keep from expressing; "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
  7. [v]  take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words"
  8. [v]  utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
  9. [v]  engulf and destroy, as if by ingestion; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
  10. [v]  pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking; "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
  11. [v]  enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"

SWALLOW is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: accept, bury, deglutition, drink, eat up, engross, get down, immerse, live with, sup, swallow up, take back, unsay, withdraw
 See Also: abide, aerophagia, barn swallow, bear, believe, bolt, brook, chimney swallow, cliff swallow, consume, consumption, demolish, destroy, draft, draught, enclose, endure, gulp, have, Hirundo nigricans, Hirundo pyrrhonota, Hirundo rustica, inclose, ingest, ingestion, intake, Iridoprocne bicolor, martin, mouth, mouthful, nip, oscine, oscine bird, put up, renounce, repress, repudiate, shut in, sip, speak, stand, stomach, suffer, support, suppress, swig, take, take in, talk, taste, tolerate, tree martin, tree swallow, uptake, utter, verbalise, verbalize, white-bellied swallow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swal"low\, n. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin
    to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala,
    Dan. svale.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of passerine birds
       of the family {Hirundinid[ae]}, 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.
    Note: The most common North American species are the barn
          swallow (see under {Barn}), the cliff, or eaves,
          swallow (see under {Cliff}), the white-bellied, or
          tree, swallow ({Tachycineta bicolor}), and the bank
          swallow (see under {Bank}). The common European swallow
          ({Chelidon rustica}), and the window swallow, or martin
          ({Chelidon urbica}), are familiar species.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
    {Swallow plover} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
       fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus {Glareola}, as
       {G. orientalis} of India; a pratincole.
    {Swallow shrike} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
       East Indian and Asiatic birds of the family
       {Artamiid[ae]}, allied to the shrikes but similar to
       swallows in appearance and habits. The ashy swallow shrike
       ({Artamus fuscus}) is common in India.
    {Swallow warbler} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus
       {Dic[ae]um}. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
  2. \Swal"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swallowed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Swallowing}.] [OE. swolewen, swolwen, swolhen, AS.
    swelgan; akin to D. zwelgen, OHG. swelahan, swelgan, G.
    schwelgen to feast, to revel, Icel. svelgia to swallow, SW.
    sv["a]lja, Dan. sv[ae]lge. Cf. {Groundsel} a plant.]
    1. To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet,
       or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or
             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. --Milton.
             The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up,
             and their houses.                     --Num. xvi.
    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.
    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.
             Corruption swallowed what the liberal hand Of bounty
             scattered.                            --Thomson.
    7. To retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions.
       ``Swallowed his vows whole.'' --Shak.
    8. To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation;
       as, to swallow an affront or insult.
    Syn: To absorb; imbibe; ingulf; engross; consume. See
  3. \Swal"low\, v. i.
    To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe
    he is unable to swallow.
  4. \Swal"low\, n.
    1. The act of swallowing.
    2. The gullet, or esophagus; the throat.
    3. Taste; relish; inclination; liking. [Colloq.]
             I have no swallow for it.             --Massinger.
    4. Capacity for swallowing; voracity.
             There being nothing too gross for the swallow of
             political rancor.                     --Prof.
    5. As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow
       of water.
    6. That which ingulfs; a whirlpool. [Obs.] --Fabyan.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you swallow something indicates that you are holding back your feelings or words. You may feel unable to express your anger. Seeing a swallow in your dream, symbolizes renewal and fresh beginnings.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. sis (Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7), the Arabic for the swift, which "is a regular migrant, returning in myriads every spring, and so suddenly that while one day not a swift can be seen in the country, on the next they have overspread the whole land, and fill the air with their shrill cry." The swift (cypselus) is ordinarily classed with the swallow, which it resembles in its flight, habits, and migration.

(2.) Heb. deror, i.e., "the bird of freedom" (Ps. 84:3; Prov. 26:2), properly rendered swallow, distinguished for its swiftness of flight, its love of freedom, and the impossibility of retaining it in captivity. In Isa. 38:14 and Jer. 8:7 the word thus rendered ('augr) properly means "crane" (as in the R.V.).