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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)
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Swales went on,"Who brought him home, I wonder, to hap him here?
The glacier's surface is not smooth and level, but has deep swales and swelling elevations, and sometimes has the look of a tossing sea whose turbulent billows were frozen hard in the instant of their most violent motion; the glacier's surface is not a flawless mass, but is a river with cracks or crevices, some narrow, some gaping wide.
As the day wore along he came into valleys or swales where game was more plentiful.
He took no heed of the course he pursued, so long as that course led him through the swale bottoms.
Fire low, boys--level into the swales, for the red skins are settling to the very earth
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