1. a small amount of liquid food;
- Example: "a sup of ale"
[syn: swallow, sup]
2. the act of swallowing;
- Example: "one swallow of the liquid was enough"
- Example: "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
[syn: swallow, drink, deglutition]
3. small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations;
1. pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking;
- Example: "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
[syn: swallow, get down]
2. engulf and destroy;
- Example: "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing;
- Example: "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
[syn: immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat up]
4. utter indistinctly;
- Example: "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
5. take back what one has said;
- Example: "He swallowed his words"
[syn: swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw]
6. keep from expressing;
- Example: "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to;
- Example: "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"
- Example: "I swallowed the insult"
- Example: "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
[syn: accept, live with, swallow]
8. believe or accept without questioning or challenge;
- Example: "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swallow \Swal"low\, n. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swallow \Swal"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swallowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Swallowing.] [OE. swolewen, swolwen, swolhen, AS. swelgan; akin to D. zwelgen, OHG. swelahan, swelgan, G. schwelgen to feast, to revel, Icel. svelgia to swallow, SW. sv[aum]lja, Dan. svaelge. Cf. Groundsel a plant.] 1. To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink. [1913 Webster] As if I had swallowed snowballs for pills. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb -- usually followed by up. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses. --Num. xvi. 32. [1913 Webster] 3. To receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly. [1913 Webster] Though that story . . . be not so readily swallowed. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 4. To engross; to appropriate; -- usually with up. [1913 Webster] Homer excels . . . in this, that he swallowed up the honor of those who succeeded him. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. To occupy; to take up; to employ. [1913 Webster] The necessary provision of the life swallows the greatest part of their time. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 6. To seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume. [1913 Webster] Corruption swallowed what the liberal hand Of bounty scattered. --Thomson. [1913 Webster] 7. To retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions. "Swallowed his vows whole." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult. [1913 Webster] Syn: To absorb; imbibe; ingulf; engross; consume. See Absorb. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swallow \Swal"low\, v. i. To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swallow \Swal"low\, n. 1. The act of swallowing. [1913 Webster] 2. The gullet, or esophagus; the throat. [1913 Webster] 3. Taste; relish; inclination; liking. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] I have no swallow for it. --Massinger. [1913 Webster] 4. Capacity for swallowing; voracity. [1913 Webster] There being nothing too gross for the swallow of political rancor. --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster] 5. As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water. [1913 Webster] 6. That which ingulfs; a whirlpool. [Obs.] --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Swallow (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 R.V.).Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
215 Moby Thesaurus words for "swallow": abide, abjure, ablate, absorb, accede, accept, accept for gospel, accept implicitly, acquiesce, allow, and sinker, antelope, arrow, assent, assimilate, back down, back out, backwater, be a sucker, be agreeable, be certain, be taken in, bear with, beard, believe, believe without reservation, bite, bleed white, blue darter, blue streak, bolus, brook, burn up, buy, cannonball, champ, chaw, chew, chomp, climb down, comply, conquer, consent, consume, control, courser, crawfish out, credit, cud, dart, deny, deplete, devour, digest, disavow, disclaim, disown, dispatch, dispose of, disregard, down, drain, drain of resources, drink, drinking, drop, eagle, eat, eat crow, eat humble pie, eat up, eating, electricity, endure, engorge, engorgement, engulf, engulfment, erode, exhaust, expend, express train, face the music, fall for, finish, finish off, flash, forswear, fumble, gazelle, get away with, get down, give faith to, gnash, go, go along with, go for, gob, gobble, gobble up, greased lightning, greyhound, gulp, gulp down, gulping, guzzle, hare, ignore, imbibe, imbibition, impoverish, ingest, ingestion, ingurgitate, ingurgitation, jet plane, knock under, knuckle down, knuckle under, lap up, light, lightning, line, live with it, mercury, morsel, mouthful, muddle, munch, murmur, mutter, nibble, nip, not resist, obey, overcome, pack away, pocket, pocket the affront, put away, put faith in, quaff, quicksilver, quid, quilt, recant, receive, relent, renege, renounce, repress, repudiate, resign, retract, revoke, rocket, scared rabbit, set store by, shot, sip, slurp, smother, snap, spend, squander, stand, stifle, stomach, streak, streak of lightning, striped snake, submit, succumb, suck dry, sup, suppress, surround, swallow an insult, swallow anything, swallow hook, swallow it, swallow the pill, swallow up, swallow whole, swallowing, swig, swill, swill down, swing at, take, take back, take down, take for granted, take in, take it, take on faith, take on trust, take stock in, take the bait, thought, thunderbolt, tolerate, torrent, toss, trust, tuck in, tumble for, turn aside provocation, unsay, use up, waste away, wear away, wind, withdraw, wolf down