verb (used with object)
to take into the stomach by drawing through the throat and esophagus with a voluntary muscular action, as food, drink, or other substances.
to take in so as to envelop; withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb:
He was swallowed by the crowd.
to accept without question or suspicion.
to accept without opposition; put up with:
to swallow an insult.
to accept for lack of an alternative:
Consumers will have to swallow new price hikes.
to suppress (emotion, a laugh, a sob, etc.) as if by drawing it down one’s throat.
to take back; retract:
to swallow one’s words.
to enunciate poorly; mutter:
He swallowed his words.
verb (used without object)
to perform the act of swallowing.
the act or an instance of swallowing.
a quantity swallowed at one time; a mouthful:
Take one swallow of brandy.
capacity for swallowing.
Also called crown, throat. Nautical, Machinery. the space in a block, between the groove of the sheave and the shell, through which the rope runs.
any of numerous small, long-winged passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, noted for their swift, graceful flight and for the extent and regularity of their migrations.
Compare bank swallow, barn swallow, martin.
any of several unrelated, swallowlike birds, as the chimney swift.
verb (mainly transitive)
to pass (food, drink, etc) through the mouth to the stomach by means of the muscular action of the oesophagus
(often foll by up) to engulf or destroy as if by ingestion: Nazi Germany swallowed up several small countries
(informal) to believe gullibly: he will never swallow such an excuse
to refrain from uttering or manifesting: to swallow one’s disappointment
to endure without retaliation
to enunciate (words, etc) indistinctly; mutter
(often foll by down) to eat or drink reluctantly
(intransitive) to perform or simulate the act of swallowing, as in gulping
swallow one’s words, to retract a statement, argument, etc, often in humiliating circumstances
the act of swallowing
the amount swallowed at any single time; mouthful
(nautical) Also called crown, throat. the opening between the shell and the groove of the sheave of a block, through which the rope is passed
(rare) another word for throat, gullet
(rare) a capacity for swallowing; appetite
any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica (common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flight related adjective hirundine
See fairy swallow
swallow swal·low (swŏl’ō)
v. swal·lowed, swal·low·ing, swal·lows
To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
(1.) Heb. sis (Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7), the Arabic for the swift, which “is a regular migrant, returning in myriads every spring, and so suddenly that while one day not a swift can be seen in the country, on the next they have overspread the whole land, and fill the air with their shrill cry.” The swift (cypselus) is ordinarily classed with the swallow, which it resembles in its flight, habits, and migration. (2.) Heb. deror, i.e., “the bird of freedom” (Ps. 84:3; Prov. 26:2), properly rendered swallow, distinguished for its swiftness of flight, its love of freedom, and the impossibility of retaining it in captivity. In Isa. 38:14 and Jer. 8:7 the word thus rendered (‘augr) properly means “crane” (as in the R.V.).
verb (used with object) 1. to take into the stomach by drawing through the throat and esophagus with a voluntary muscular action, as food, drink, or other substances. 2. to take in so as to envelop; withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb: He was swallowed by the crowd. 3. to accept without question or suspicion. […]
noun, Chiefly British. 1. swan dive. swallow dive noun 1. a type of dive in which the diver arches back while in the air, keeping his legs straight and together and his arms oustretched, finally entering the water headfirst US and Canadian equivalent swan dive
- Swallow hole
noun 1. (mainly Brit) another word for sinkhole (sense 1)
- Swallowing reflex
swallowing reflex n. Swallowing caused by stimulation of the palate, fauces, or posterior pharyngeal wall. Also called pharyngeal reflex.