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Meaning of SWAMP

Pronunciation:  swâmp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog
  2. [n]  a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables; "he was trapped in a medical swamp"
  3. [v]  fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"
  4. [v]  drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

SWAMP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: deluge, drench, flood, inundate, swampland
 See Also: Everglades, fill, fill up, flood, flood in, make full, Okefenokee Swamp, situation, slough, state of affairs, wetland



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swamp\, n. [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D.
    zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. sv["o]ppr, Dan. &
    Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.]
    Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but
    not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the
          Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern.
          A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing
          trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only
          herbage, plants, and mosses.             --Farming
                                                   Encyc. (E.
    {Swamp blackbird}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Redwing}
    (b) .
    {Swamp cabbage} (Bot.), skunk cabbage.
    {Swamp deer} (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic deer ({Rucervus
       Duvaucelli}) of India.
    {Swamp hen}. (Zo["o]l.)
    (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird ({Porphyrio bellus});
        -- called also {goollema}.
    (b) An Australian water crake, or rail ({Porzana Tabuensis});
        -- called also {little swamp hen}.
    (c) The European purple gallinule.
    {Swamp honeysuckle} (Bot.), an American shrub ({Azalea, or
       Rhododendron, viscosa}) growing in swampy places, with
       fragrant flowers of a white color, or white tinged with
       rose; -- called also {swamp pink}.
    {Swamp hook}, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling
       logs. Cf. {Cant hook}.
    {Swamp itch}. (Med.) See {Prairie itch}, under {Prairie}.
    {Swamp laurel} (Bot.), a shrub ({Kalmia glauca}) having small
       leaves with the lower surface glaucous.
    {Swamp maple} (Bot.), red maple. See {Maple}.
    {Swamp oak} (Bot.), a name given to several kinds of oak
       which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak
       ({Quercus palustris}), swamp white oak ({Q. bicolor}),
       swamp post oak ({Q. lyrata}).
    {Swamp ore} (Min.), bog ore; limonite.
    {Swamp partridge} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several Australian
       game birds of the genera {Synoicus} and {Excalfatoria},
       allied to the European partridges.
    {Swamp robin} (Zo["o]l.), the chewink.
    {Swamp sassafras} (Bot.), a small North American tree of the
       genus {Magnolia} ({M. glauca}) with aromatic leaves and
       fragrant creamy-white blossoms; -- called also {sweet
    {Swamp sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), a common North American sparrow
       ({Melospiza Georgiana}, or {M. palustris}), closely
       resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy
    {Swamp willow}. (Bot.) See {Pussy willow}, under {Pussy}.
  2. \Swamp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swamped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To plunge or sink into a swamp.
    2. (Naut.) To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to
       capsize or sink by whelming with water.
    3. Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to
       overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.
             The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped
             by the creation of twelve Tory peers. --J. R. Green.
             Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus
             of a theory.                          --Sir W.
  3. \Swamp\, v. i.
    1. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become
       involved in insuperable difficulties.
    2. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to
       capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a swamp in your dream, symbolizes aspects of yourself that are repressed and dark. You may be feeling insecure. The dream may also be a pun on feeling swamped from work, a relationship, or other emotional burden. Dreaming that you are walking through a swampy area, foretells that you will be find yourself in an adverse situation. Disappointments in love may also be implied from this symbol. You will suffer much displeasure from unwise conduct of those around you. On a less negative note, walking through a swamp indicates that you will experience prosperity and pleasure, but through dangerous and intriguing means.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Spongy land; low ground filled with water; a wooded area having surface water much of the time.
  2. Tree or tall shrub dominated wetlands that are characterized by periodic flooding and nearly permanent subsurface water flow through mixtures of mineral sediments and organic materials, essentially without peat-like accumulation.