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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Swallow  \Swal"low\,  n.  [OE.  swalowe  AS  swalewe  swealwe  akin 
  to  D.  zwaluw  OHG.  swalawa  G.  schwalbe  Icel.  &  Sw  svala, 
  Dan.  svale.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  passerine  birds 
  of  the  family  {Hirundinid[ae]},  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  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.  --Ham.  Nav.  Encyc. 
  {Swallow  plover}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of 
  fork-tailed  ploverlike  birds  of  the  genus  {Glareola},  as 
  {G.  orientalis}  of  India;  a  pratincole. 
  {Swallow  shrike}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of 
  East  Indian  and  Asiatic  birds  of  the  family 
  {Artamiid[ae]},  allied  to  the  shrikes  but  similar  to 
  swallows  in  appearance  and  habits.  The  ashy  swallow  shrike 
  ({Artamus  fuscus})  is  common  in  India. 
  {Swallow  warbler}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  numerous  species  of 
  East  Indian  and  Australian  singing  birds  of  the  genus 
  {Dic[ae]um}.  They  are  allied  to  the  honeysuckers. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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["a]lja,  Dan.  sv[ae]lge.  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 
  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  --Milton. 
  The  earth  opened  her  mouth,  and  swallowed  them  up 
  and  their  houses.  --Num.  xvi. 
  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. 
  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.''  --Shak. 
  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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Swallow  \Swal"low\,  v.  i. 
  To  perform  the  act  of  swallowing;  as  his  cold  is  so  severe 
  he  is  unable  to  swallow. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Swallow  \Swal"low\,  n. 
  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. 
  5.  As  much  as  is  or  can  be  swallowed  at  once;  as  a  swallow 
  of  water. 
  6.  That  which  ingulfs;  a  whirlpool.  [Obs.]  --Fabyan. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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,  as  if  by  ingestion:  "The  Nazis  swallowed 
  the  Baltic  countries" 
  3:  enclose  or  envelop  completely,  as  if  by  swallowing;  "The 
  huge  waves  swallowed  the  small  boat  and  it  sank  shortly 
  thereafter"  [syn:  {immerse},  {engross},  {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"  [syn:  {accept}] 
  8:  believe  or  accept  without  questioning  or  challenge;  "Am  I 
  supposed  to  swallow  that  story?" 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (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 

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