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swan 1

 (swŏn)
n.
1. Any of various large waterbirds of the genera Cygnus and Coscoroba of the family Anatidae, having webbed feet, a long slender neck, and usually white plumage.
2. Swan See Cygnus.
intr.v. swanned, swan·ning, swans Chiefly British
To travel around from place to place: "Swanning around Europe nowadays, are we?" (Jeffrey Archer).

[Middle English, from Old English; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]

swan 2

 (swŏn)
intr.v. Chiefly Southern US
To declare; swear. Used in the phrase I swan as an interjection. See Note at vum.

[Probably alteration of dialectal (I) s' warrant, (I) shall warrant.]

Swan

(swɒn)
n
(Placename) a river in SW Western Australia, rising as the Avon northeast of Narrogin and flowing northwest and west to the Indian Ocean below Perth. Length: about 240 km (150 miles)

Swan

(swɒn)
n
(Placename) a river in SW Western Australia, rising as the Avon northeast of Narrogin and flowing northwest and west to the Indian Ocean below Perth. Length: about 240 km (150 miles)

Swan

(swɒn)
n
(Biography) Sir Joseph Wilson. 1828–1914, English physicist and chemist, who developed the incandescent electric light (1880) independently of Edison

swan1

(swɒn)

n.
1. any of several large, stately aquatic birds of the goose family, having a long, slender neck and usu. pure-white plumage in the adult.
2. a person of unusual beauty, talent, or excellence.
3. (cap.) the constellation Cygnus.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon suan, Old High German swon, Old Norse svanr]
swan′like`, adj.

swan2

(swɒn)

v.i.
Midland and Southern U.S. Older Use. to swear or declare (used in the phrase I swan).
[1775–85, Amer.; probably continuing dial. (N England) I s'wan, shortening of I shall warrant]

swan


Past participle: swanned
Gerund: swanning

Imperative
swan
swan
Present
I swan
you swan
he/she/it swans
we swan
you swan
they swan
Preterite
I swanned
you swanned
he/she/it swanned
we swanned
you swanned
they swanned
Present Continuous
I am swanning
you are swanning
he/she/it is swanning
we are swanning
you are swanning
they are swanning
Present Perfect
I have swanned
you have swanned
he/she/it has swanned
we have swanned
you have swanned
they have swanned
Past Continuous
I was swanning
you were swanning
he/she/it was swanning
we were swanning
you were swanning
they were swanning
Past Perfect
I had swanned
you had swanned
he/she/it had swanned
we had swanned
you had swanned
they had swanned
Future
I will swan
you will swan
he/she/it will swan
we will swan
you will swan
they will swan
Future Perfect
I will have swanned
you will have swanned
he/she/it will have swanned
we will have swanned
you will have swanned
they will have swanned
Future Continuous
I will be swanning
you will be swanning
he/she/it will be swanning
we will be swanning
you will be swanning
they will be swanning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swanning
you have been swanning
he/she/it has been swanning
we have been swanning
you have been swanning
they have been swanning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swanning
you will have been swanning
he/she/it will have been swanning
we will have been swanning
you will have been swanning
they will have been swanning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swanning
you had been swanning
he/she/it had been swanning
we had been swanning
you had been swanning
they had been swanning
Conditional
I would swan
you would swan
he/she/it would swan
we would swan
you would swan
they would swan
Past Conditional
I would have swanned
you would have swanned
he/she/it would have swanned
we would have swanned
you would have swanned
they would have swanned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swan - stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adultswan - stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
Anatidae, family Anatidae - swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks
coscoroba - large white South American bird intermediate in some respects between ducks and swans
cob - adult male swan
pen - female swan
cygnet - a young swan
Cygnus olor, mute swan - soundless Eurasian swan; commonly domesticated
Cygnus cygnus, whooper swan, whooper - common Old World swan noted for its whooping call
Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan - swan that nests in tundra regions of the New and Old Worlds
Cygnus buccinator, trumpeter swan, trumpeter - large pure white wild swan of western North America having a sonorous cry
black swan, Cygnus atratus - large Australian swan having black plumage and a red bill
swan's down - down of the swan
Verb1.swan - to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as trueswan - to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
hold - assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
claim, take - lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea"
attest - authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity; "I attest this signature"
declare - state firmly; "He declared that he was innocent"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
protest - affirm or avow formally or solemnly; "The suspect protested his innocence"
assure, tell - inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"
2.swan - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employmentswan - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
maunder - wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around - wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
drift, err, stray - wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"
wander - go via an indirect route or at no set pace; "After dinner, we wandered into town"
3.swan - sweep majestically; "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"
sail, sweep - move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky"

swan

noun
Related words
male cob
female pen
young cygnet
collective nouns herd, bevy
Translations
إِوَزٌّ عِرَاقِيّتَم، أوَز عِراقي
лебед
labuť
svane
cigno
cisneluik
joutsen
labud
hattyú
angsa
svanurálft
白鳥
백조
cygnus
gulbėgulbės giesmė
gulbis
labuť
labod
svan
หงส์
con thiên ngathiên nga

swan

[swɒn]
A. Ncisne m
Swan LakeEl Lago de los Cisnes
B. VI to swan aroundpavonearse
to swan off to New Yorkescaparse a Nueva York
C. CPD swan dive N (US) = swallow dive swan song Ncanto m del cisne

swan

[ˈswɒn] n (= bird) → cygne m

swan

nSchwan m
vi (Brit inf) to swan offabziehen (inf); to swan around New Yorkin New York herumziehen (inf); to swan around (the house)zu Hause herumschweben (inf)

swan

:
swan song
n (fig)Schwanengesang m
swan-upping

swan

[swɒn]
1. ncigno
2. vi (fam) to swan aroundfare la bella vita
he swanned off to New York → se n'è andato bellamente a New York

swan

(swon) noun
a large, usually white, water-bird of the duck family, with a long graceful neck.
swan song
the last work or performance of eg a poet, musician etc before his death or retirement.

swan

إِوَزٌّ عِرَاقِيّ labuť svane Schwan κύκνος cisne joutsen cygne labud cigno 白鳥 백조 zwaan svane łabędź cisne лебедь svan หงส์ kuğu con thiên nga 天鹅
References in classic literature ?
March laughed, and smoothed down her maternal pride as she asked, "Well, my swan, what is your plan?
Such a bustle ensued that you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds; a feathered phenomenon, to which a black swan was a matter of course -- and in truth it was something very like it in that house.
He was very cleanly dressed, in a blue coat, striped waistcoat, and nankeen trousers; and his fine frilled shirt and cambric neckcloth looked unusually soft and white, reminding my strolling fancy (I call to mind) of the plumage on the breast of a swan.
The exquisite silence was evidently waiting for the exquisite voice, that presently not so much broke as mingled with it, like a swan swimming through a lake.
Not to be behind his companion, this fellow stated, that he had seen Rebecca perch herself upon the parapet of the turret, and there take the form of a milk-white swan, under which appearance she flitted three times round the castle of Torquilstone; then again settle on the turret, and once more assume the female form.
This linnet, as near as I can remember, seemed to be somewhat larger than an English swan.
No,' they answered, 'for we can only lay aside our swan skins for a quarter of an hour every evening.
Nay, like the `Ugly Duck' of my friend Hans Andersen, he be no duck thought at all, but a big swan thought that sail nobly on big wings, when the time come for him to try them.
Her white and slender fingers, her pearly neck, her cheeks tinted with varying hues reminded one of the lovely Englishwomen who have been so poetically compared in their manner to the gracefulness of a swan.
This idea may be illustrated by a page from the secret history of David Swan.
Orpheus thrummed away briskly, and the galley slid at once into the sea, dipping her prow so deeply that the figure-head drank the wave with its marvelous lips, and rising again as buoyant as a swan.
The deep stillness of the night was occasionally interrupted by the neighing of the elk, the hoarse lowing of the buffalo, the hooting of large owls, and the screeching of the small ones, now and then the splash of a beaver, or the gonglike sound of the swan.