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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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He reined in his horse and watched the little party as it emerged from a concealing swale.
He took no heed of the course he pursued, so long as that course led him through the swale bottoms.
As the day wore along he came into valleys or swales where game was more plentiful.
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.
Fire low, boys--level into the swales, for the red skins are settling to the very earth
No reminiscing stroll past the barn where Swale bedded down before carrying Pincay to his lone Kentucky Derby victory in 1984.
Scope of works: Supply and maintain water management, Urinal shields, Nappy units, Clinical waste bins, Modular air fresheners, Hand dryers, Sanitation bins and some coin operated dispensing machines in 11 public toilets and other civic buildings within the borough of swale located in north kent.
Mr Swale, who organises a website detailing his mother's walk, said, 'I'm slightly concerned that she's not worried enough.
A family of wild turkeys walks across a driveway off Camas Swale Road in the Creswell area.
They can also recite his accomplishments: five national Eclipse Awards, more than any other jockey, trainer or owner; seven national earnings titles; career-wins records at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita and Del Mar; a record seven-win day at Santa Anita in 1987; seven Breeders' Cup victories; and the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes victories aboard Swale in 1984, that Belmont win being the last of Pincay's three in a row.
Swale borough council is inviting expressions of interest to tender for fixed electrical testing if swale borough council s corporate and community premises.