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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun swallow:

swallowdrink

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb swallow:

immerseswallowburywithdrawaccept

The word swallow is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun swallow

What does swallow mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: swallows

  1. a small amount of liquid food
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of swallow: sup
    • more generic words: mouthful / taste = a small amount eaten or drunk
  2. the act of swallowing
  3. small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations

Alternative definition of the noun swallow

noun

  1. [archaic] A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
  2. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing.
  3. 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.

Definition of the verb swallow

What does swallow mean as a doing word?

Swallow is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: swallowed | swallowing | swallows

  1. pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
    • examples: Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you! | They swallow more bread
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverageVerbs of Ingesting: gulp, guzzle, quaff, swig
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] downCynthia quaffed down the mixture
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Paul hiccupedVerbs Involving the Body: belch, blink, blush, burp, eruct, fart, flush, hiccup, pant, salivate, shiver, sneeze, sniffle, snore, snuff, snuffle, wheeze, yawn
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of swallow: get down
    • more specific word: bolt = swallow hastily
  2. engulf and destroy
    • example: The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: demolish / destroy = defeat soundly and humiliatingly
  3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
  4. utter indistinctly
  5. take back what one has said
  6. keep from expressing
    • example: I swallowed my anger and kept quiet
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: hold back / keep / keep back / restrain = prevent the action or expression of
  7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to
  8. believe or accept without questioning or challenge
    • example: Am I supposed to swallow that story?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: believe = accept as true

Alternative definition of the verb swallow

verb

  1. [transitive] To cause (food, drink etc.) to pass from the mouth into the stomach; to take into the stomach through the throat. [definition from 11th c.]
  2. [transitive] To take (something) in so that it disappears; to consume, absorb. [definition from 13th c.]
  3. [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. [definition from 18th c.]
  4. [transitive] To accept easily or without questions; to believe, accept. [definition from 16th c.]

Films

  1. "Swallow" is a 2013 short comedy horror film written and directed by Mia Kate Russell.
  2. "Swallow" is a 2003 film directed by Frank E. Flowers.
  3. "Swallow" is a 2013 documentary, action short film written and directed by Genevieve Bicknell.
  4. "Swallow" is a 2008 short horror film written by Heather Jacobs and directed by Shawn Wight and Heather Jacobs.
  5. "Swallow" is a film.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (19 years ago)
  6. "Swallow" is a 1991 film directed by Rein Maran.

Characters

  1. Swallow is a fictional character in The Golden Fleecing.
  2. Swallow is a fictional character from the 2004 film The Big Swindle.
  3. Swallow is a fictional character from the 1980 film Bye Bye Brasil.
  4. Swallow is a fictional character from the 1950 film Last of the Buccaneers.

Phrases with Swallow

Phrases starting with the word Swallow:

  1. swallow up
  2. Swallow Bug
  3. swallow dive
  4. swallow hole
  5. swallow wort
  6. swallow-wort
  7. swallow shrike
  8. Swallow Spurge

Phrases ending with the word Swallow:

  1. sea swallow
  2. bank swallow
  3. barn swallow
  4. Blue Swallow
  5. Cave Swallow
  6. tree swallow
  7. wood swallow
  8. cliff swallow
  9. fairy swallow
  10. Angola Swallow
  11. Bahama Swallow
  12. Golden Swallow

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swallow

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Google previewAids to English Composition, Prepared for Students of All Grades (1850)

Embracing Specimens and Examples of School and College Exercises and Most of the Higher Departments of English Composition, Both in Prose and Verse by Richard Green Parker

A Swallow. 1. A swallow is an animal. — This definition is not correct, because it will ...

Google previewAnnual Report (1916)

by Alabama. Dept. of Conservation

The bank swallow is an insectivorous and non-game bird. BARN SWALLOW . ( Family hirundinidae.) The forehead and throat are chestnut and the entire under parts buffy ; the tail is deeply forked and with a white spot on the inner web of each ...

Google previewBiennial Report, Department of Game and Fish of the State of Alabama (1912)

by Alabama. Department of Game and Fish

The bank swallow is an insectivorous and non-game bird. BARN SWALLOW ( Family hirundinidae.) The forehead and throat are chestnut and the entire under parts huffy; the tail is deeply forked and with a white spot on the inner web of each ...

Google previewFirst -Sixth Biennial Report, Department of Game and Fish of the State of Alabama February 27, 1907 -September 30, 1918 ... (1914)

by Alabama. Dept. of Conservation

The bank swallow is an insectivorous and non-game bird. BARN SWALLOW ( Family h irundinidae.) The forehead and throat are chestnut and the entire under parts huffy ; the tail is deeply forked and with a white spot on the inner web of each ...

Google previewNorth Sonoma County Agricultural Reuse Project (2007)

Environmental Impact Statement

Bank swallow is a state-listed Threatened species. The bank Swallow is the Smallest swallow in California. It is a summer breeder that migrates south in the winter. It is a colonial breeder that excavates burrows in river banks and railroad and ...

Google previewAnimate Creation (1898)

Popular Edition of "Our Living World," a Natural History by John George Wood

The Esculent Swallow is a small bird, and its color is brown on the upper parts of the body, and white beneath. The extremity of...

The elegant little White-beeasted Swallow is the Australian representative of the genus Atticora. It is a very small ...

Google previewGI/Liver Secrets Plus E-Book (2010)

by Peter R McNally

Barium swallow is the general term for a fluoroscopic-radiographic examination of oral, pharyngeal, and/or esophageal swallowing. Each examination should be tailored to the patient. For symptoms, such as retrosternal dysphagia, that may ...

Google previewAortic Diseases , Clinical Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (2016)

Medicine, Medicine by CTI Reviews

A barium swallow is a medical imaging procedure used to examine the upper GI ( gastrointestinal) tract, which includes the esophagus and, to a lesser extent, the stomach. Principle Barium sulfate is a type of contrast medium that is opaque to ...

Google previewEMQs and Data Interpretation Questions in Surgery (2007)

by Irfan Syed, Mohammed Keshtgar

Barium swallow is the diagnostic investigation of choice. There is approximately a 1 per cent risk of squamous cell carcinoma present in the wall of the pouch. In patients with minimal symptoms no specific treatment is necessary. In severe ...

Google previewPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review, Third Edition (2014)

by Dr. Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD

Delayed pharyngeal swallow is the most common cause (Veis & Logemann, 1985) DIAGNOSIS OF DYSPHAGIA • Bedside swallowing evaluation – A minimally invasive evaluation procedure that helps to determine whether dysphagiais ...

Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

by William Marsden

Swallow (the bird) ro, loyang-loyang. Swallow (to gulp) go talan, j} lülur, 33 góis gau, $3.3 gariggang. -o * * * * Sw AMP # , rirang, o, rāwah, ost: pāya. * Swann (of flying insects) "...', rāta rāta, e,f,v. madū-madit-an. Sw ARTHY * tam, J---> Elam ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1811)

Hirundo rupestris, the rock swallow mouse-colour; beneath whitish ; tail subequal , the feathers with a white spot on the inner web ; bill and naked legs black. Inhabits Carolina; and builds in the holes of rocks. - 13. Hirundo montana, the crag ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (2012)

by John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson

KAMPEN OM TUNGTVANNET (OPERATION SWALLOW, 1948). Norwegian feature film. The most popular of the early Norwegian occupation dramas in the postwar years, Operation Swallow tells the story of two sabotage operations ...

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Quotes about Swallow

I can't sit back and swallow stuff. I live in a time and place, and in a country on earth where you're not supposed to swallow it. People just gave up. (Gary Coleman)
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Scrabble value of S1W4A1L1L1O1W4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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