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swale

 (swāl)
n.
1. A low tract of land, especially when moist or marshy.
2. A long, narrow, usually shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
3. A shallow troughlike depression that carries water mainly during rainstorms or snow melts.

[Perhaps from Middle English, shade, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svalr, cool.]

swale

(sweɪl)
n
(Physical Geography) chiefly
a. a moist depression in a tract of land, usually with rank vegetation
b. (as modifier): swell and swale topography.
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse svala to chill]

swale

(sweɪl)

n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
a low place in a tract of land, usu. producing ranker vegetation than the adjacent higher ground.
[1575–85; perhaps identical with dial. swale shade]

Swale

 timber planking, 1597.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swale - a low area (especially a marshy area between ridges)
trough - a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed)