Definition of sward in English:

sward

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noun

  • 1An expanse of short grass.

    1. 1.1Farming The upper layer of soil, especially when covered with grass.
      ‘This reduces the proportion of grass in the brassica-grass sward, which is not always advantageous.’
      • ‘He also says that the prairie includes ‘waving ground, necessarily of good soil, from the beautiful sward of grass rising from it.’’
      • ‘The standing sward of rye, clovers, and fescues is increasingly varied with herbs like dock and comfrey, which help pull nutrients up from the subsoil.’
      • ‘Farmers tell him that livestock graze the sward very tightly so there is no wastage.’
      • ‘Thus the potential nutritive value of uncut silage swards is limited, and the emphasis must now be on conserving them as an edible feedstuff.’

Pronunciation

sward

/swôrd/ /swɔrd/

Origin

Old English sweard ‘skin’. The sense ‘upper layer of soil’ developed in late Middle English (at first in phrases such as sward of the earth).