any of several large, stately aquatic birds of the subfamily Anserinae, having a long, slender neck and usually pure-white plumage in the adult.
Compare mute swan, trumpeter swan, whistling swan, whooper swan.
a person or thing of unusual beauty, excellence, purity, or the like.
Literary. a person who sings sweetly or a poet.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Cygnus.
verb (used without object)
Midland and Southern U.S. Older Use. to swear or declare (used with I):
Well, I swan, I never expected to see you here!
Sir Joseph Wilson, 1828–1914, British chemist, electrical engineer, and inventor.
any large aquatic bird of the genera Cygnus and Coscoroba, having a long neck and usually a white plumage: family Anatidae, order Anseriformes
(capital when part of a title or epithet): the Swan of Avon (Shakespeare)
verb swans, swanning, swanned
(intransitive; usually foll by around or about) (informal) to wander idly
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)
Sir Joseph Wilson. 1828–1914, English physicist and chemist, who developed the incandescent electric light (1880) independently of Edison
mentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of Galilee.
verb (used without object), swan-dived, swan-diving. 1. to perform a swan dive. 2. to decrease suddenly and decisively; plummet: Stock prices swan-dived overnight. noun, Diving. 1. a forward dive in which the diver while in the air assumes a position with the arms outstretched at shoulder height and the legs straight and together, and enters […]
noun 1. Suwannee. noun 1. a variant spelling of Suwannee
verb, Chiefly Scot. and North England. 1. simple past tense of swing1 . verb (used with object), swung, swinging. 1. to cause to move to and fro, sway, or oscillate, as something suspended from above: to swing one’s arms in walking. 2. to cause to move in alternate directions or in either direction around a […]
- Swan-ganz catheter
Swan-Ganz catheter (swŏn’gānz’) n. A soft catheter with an expandable balloon tip that is used for measuring blood pressure in the pulmonary artery.