swal·low /ˈswɑl(ˌ)o/ 及物動詞
1. Zool. Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, 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. 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 Glareola orientalis of India; a pratincole.
Swallow shrike Zool., any one of several species of East Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidae, 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 Dicaeum. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
Swal·low v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swallowed p. pr. & vb. n. Swallowing.]
1. To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink.
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.
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.”
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 Absorb.
Swal·low, v. i. To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow.
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. Wilson.
5. As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water.
6. That which ingulfs; a whirlpool. [Obs.]
n 1: a small amount of liquid food; "a sup of ale" [syn: sup]
2: the act of swallowing; "one swallow of the liquid was
enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his
lips" [syn: drink, deglutition]
3: small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight
and the regularity of its migrations
v 1: pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking;
"Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!" [syn: get
2: engulf and destroy; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic
3: enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The
huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly
thereafter" [syn: immerse, swallow up, bury, eat up]
4: utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her
5: take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words" [syn:
take back, unsay, withdraw]
6: keep from expressing; "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
7: 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" [syn: accept, live with]
8: believe or accept without questioning or challenge; "Am I
supposed to swallow that story?"
(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