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swath / swä[unvoicedth]; swô[unvoicedth]/ (also swathe / swä[voicedth]; swô[voicedth]; swā[voicedth]/ ) • n. (pl. swaths / swä[unvoicedth]s; swô[unvoicedth]s/ or swathes / swā[voicedth]z/ ) 1. a row or line of grass, grain, or other crop as it lies when mown or reaped. ∎  a strip left clear by the passage of a mowing machine or scythe: the combine had cut a deep swath around the border of the fields. 2. a broad strip or area of something: vast swaths of countryside | fig. a significant swath of popular opinion. PHRASES: cut a swath through pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change: a tornado cut a two-mile long swath through residential neighborhoods. cut a wide swath attract a great deal of attention by trying to impress others.