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Definition of Swallow


  1. 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.
  2. 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. The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves.
  4. To take into the stomach; to receive through the gullet, or esophagus, into the stomach; as, to swallow food or drink.
  5. To draw into an abyss or gulf; to ingulf; to absorb -- usually followed by up.
  6. To receive or embrace, as opinions or belief, without examination or scruple; to receive implicitly.
  7. To engross; to appropriate; -- usually with up.
  8. To occupy; to take up; to employ.
  9. To seize and waste; to exhaust; to consume.
  10. To retract; to recant; as, to swallow one's opinions.
  11. To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation; as, to swallow an affront or insult.
  12. To perform the act of swallowing; as, his cold is so severe he is unable to swallow.
  13. The act of swallowing.
  14. The gullet, or esophagus; the throat.
  15. Taste; relish; inclination; liking.
  16. Capacity for swallowing; voracity.
  17. As much as is, or can be, swallowed at once; as, a swallow of water.
  18. That which ingulfs; a whirlpool.

Swallow Quotations

For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
Hank Ketcham

You should protest about the views of people you disagree with over major moral issues, and argue them down, but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow.
Julian Baggini

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Many men swallow the being cheated, but no man can ever endure to chew it.
George Savile
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Swallow Translations

swallow in Afrikaans is sluk
swallow in Danish is svale
swallow in Dutch is slikken, doorslikken, inslikken
swallow in French is avalons, empiffrer, avaler, hirondelle, avalez
swallow in German is Schwalbe, schlucken, hinunterschlucken
swallow in Italian is rondine, ingoio, divorare
swallow in Portuguese is andorinha
swallow in Spanish is golondrina, andorina
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