1A broad strip or area of something.‘vast swaths of countryside’
- ‘ a significant swath of popular opinion’
2A row or line of grass, grain, or other crop as it lies when mown or reaped.
- ‘ swaths of barley’
- 2.1A strip left clear by the passage of a mowing machine or scythe.
- ‘the combine had cut a deep swath around the border of the fields’
- cut a swath through
Pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change.
- ‘a tornado cut a two-mile long swath through residential neighborhoods’
Attract a great deal of attention by trying to impress others.
Old English swæth, swathu ‘track, trace’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwad(e) and German Schwade. In Middle English the term denoted a measure of the width of grassland, probably reckoned by a sweep of the mower's scythe.