Definition of Swallow

1. Noun. A small amount of liquid food. "A sup of ale"

Exact synonyms: Sup
Generic synonyms: Mouthful, Taste
Derivative terms: Sup

2. Verb. Pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking. "They swallow more bread"; "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
Exact synonyms: Get Down
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Bolt

3. Noun. The act of swallowing. "He took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
Exact synonyms: Deglutition, Drink
Generic synonyms: Consumption, Ingestion, Intake, Uptake
Specialized synonyms: Aerophagia, Draft, Draught, Gulp, Swig, Sip
Derivative terms: Drink

4. Verb. Engulf and destroy. "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
Generic synonyms: Demolish, Destroy

5. Noun. Small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations.

6. Verb. Enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing. "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
Exact synonyms: Bury, Eat Up, Immerse, Swallow Up
Generic synonyms: Close In, Enclose, Inclose, Shut In

7. Verb. Utter indistinctly. "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
Generic synonyms: Mouth, Speak, Talk, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize

8. Verb. Take back what one has said. "He swallowed his words"
Exact synonyms: Take Back, Unsay, Withdraw
Generic synonyms: Disown, Renounce, Repudiate
Derivative terms: Withdrawal

9. Verb. Keep from expressing. "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
Generic synonyms: Repress, Suppress

10. Verb. Tolerate or accommodate oneself to. "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
Exact synonyms: Accept, Live With
Generic synonyms: Abide, Bear, Brook, Digest, Endure, Put Up, Stand, Stick Out, Stomach, Suffer, Support, Tolerate
Derivative terms: Acceptance

11. Verb. Believe or accept without questioning or challenge. "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
Generic synonyms: Believe

Definition of Swallow

1. n. 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. v. t. To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink.

3. v. i. To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow.

4. n. The act of swallowing.

Definition of Swallow

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause (food, drink etc.) to pass from the mouth into the stomach; to take into the stomach through the throat. (defdate from 11th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To take (something) in so that it disappears; to consume, absorb. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagus to achieve this, often taken as a sign of nervousness or strong emotion. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To accept easily or without questions; to believe, accept. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth. ¹

6. Noun. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing. ¹

7. Noun. A small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family with long, pointed, moon-shaped wings and a forked tail which feeds on the wing by catching insects. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swallow

1. to take through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swallow

swaip
swaiped
swaiping
swaips
swaknoite
swale
swaled
swales
swalier
swaliest
swaling
swalings
swallet
swallets
swallie
swallow (current term)
swallow-tailed
swallow-tailed coat
swallow-tailed hawk
swallow-tailed kite
swallow dive
swallow hole
swallow one's pride
swallow shrike
swallow up
swallow wort
swallowable
swallowe
swallowed
swallower

Literary usage of Swallow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"O tell her, swallow, thou that knowest each, That bright and fierce and fickle is the ... O swallow, swallow, if I could follow, and light Upon her lattice, ..."

2. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"They are nearly always associated with the Cliff swallow, here likewise particularly numerous. Their flight and habits are also similar, but their twitter ..."

3. Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: With Introductory Chapters on by Frank Michler Chapman (1912)
"110. Bam swallow. Cliff swallow. Tree swallow. ... and comparison of the mud dwelling of the Cliff swallow with the tunnelled home of the Bank swallow, ..."

4. The Birds of the Latin Poets by Ernest Whitney Martin (1914)
"Ark) Bates: The swallow. The use of hirundo and passer: All this you will ... In the swallow we have another of the four great song-birds of the ancients. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The cliff or eaves swallow is colored much like the barn-swallow, but the tail is ... The tree swallow is abundant in most parts of temperate North America, ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"With a teaspoon I made several attempts to cause him to swallow some water, but in vain. ... He regarded the inability to swallow as connected with the ..."

7. Historical Account of the Most Celebrated Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries by William Fordyce Mavor (1796)
"THE l'eparation of the swallow from the Dolphin, commanded by Captain Wallis, ... Nothing remarkable attended the swallow till the -llth of April, ..."

8. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"O tell her, swallow, thou that knowest each, That bright and fierce and fickle is the ... O swallow, swallow, if I could follow, and light Upon her lattice, ..."

9. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"They are nearly always associated with the Cliff swallow, here likewise particularly numerous. Their flight and habits are also similar, but their twitter ..."

10. Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: With Introductory Chapters on by Frank Michler Chapman (1912)
"110. Bam swallow. Cliff swallow. Tree swallow. ... and comparison of the mud dwelling of the Cliff swallow with the tunnelled home of the Bank swallow, ..."

11. The Birds of the Latin Poets by Ernest Whitney Martin (1914)
"Ark) Bates: The swallow. The use of hirundo and passer: All this you will ... In the swallow we have another of the four great song-birds of the ancients. ..."

12. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The cliff or eaves swallow is colored much like the barn-swallow, but the tail is ... The tree swallow is abundant in most parts of temperate North America, ..."

13. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"With a teaspoon I made several attempts to cause him to swallow some water, but in vain. ... He regarded the inability to swallow as connected with the ..."

14. Historical Account of the Most Celebrated Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries by William Fordyce Mavor (1796)
"THE l'eparation of the swallow from the Dolphin, commanded by Captain Wallis, ... Nothing remarkable attended the swallow till the -llth of April, ..."

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