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Meaning of SWAN

Pronunciation:  swân

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
  2. [v]  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
  3. [v]  sweep majestically; "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"
  4. [v]  move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

SWAN is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: affirm, assert, aver, avow, cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, rove, stray, swear, tramp, vagabond, verify, wander
 See Also: Anatidae, aquatic bird, assure, attest, black swan, claim, cob, coscoroba, cygnet, Cygnus atratus, Cygnus buccinator, Cygnus columbianus, Cygnus cygnus, Cygnus olor, declare, family Anatidae, gad, gallivant, go, hold, jazz around, locomote, maunder, move, mute swan, pen, protest, sail, swan's down, sweep, take, tell, travel, trumpeter, trumpeter swan, tundra swan, whooper, whooper swan



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Swan\, n. [AS. swan; akin to D. zwaan, OHG. swan, G.
schwan, Icel. svanr, Sw. svan, Dan. svane; and perhaps to E.
sound something audible.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic
   birds belonging to {Cygnus}, {Olor}, and allied genera of
   the subfamily {Cygnin[ae]}. They have a large and strong
   beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful
   movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are
   white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a
   melodious song, especially at the time of its death.

Note: The European white, or mute, swan ({Cygnus gibbus}),
      which is most commonly domesticated, bends its neck in
      an S-shaped curve. The whistling, or trumpeting, swans
      of the genus {Olor} do not bend the neck in an S-shaped
      curve, and are noted for their loud and sonorous cry,
      due to complex convolutions of the windpipe. To this
      genus belong the European whooper, or whistling swan
      ({Olor cygnus}), the American whistling swan ({O.
      Columbianus}), and the trumpeter swan ({O.
      buccinator}). The Australian black swan ({Chenopis
      atrata}) is dull black with white on the wings, and has
      the bill carmine, crossed with a white band. It is a
      very graceful species and is often domesticated. The
      South American black-necked swan ({Sthenelides
      melancorypha}) is a very beautiful and graceful
      species, entirely white, except the head and neck,
      which are dark velvety seal-brown. Its bill has a
      double bright rose-colored knob.

2. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted
   for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of

3. (Astron.) The constellation Cygnus.

{Swan goose} (Zo["o]l.), a bird of India ({Cygnopsis
   cygnoides}) resembling both the swan and the goose.

{Swan shot}, a large size of shot used in fowling.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a swan in a lake or pond, is a good omen, signaling a future of prestige and wealth. Swans are symbolic of grace, beauty, and dignity.
Easton Bible Dictionary

mentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of Galilee.