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Swallow Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    swallow n
  1. a small amount of liquid food; "a sup of ale" [syn: sup]
  2. the act of swallowing; "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips" [syn: drink, deglutition]
  3. small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations v
  4. pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking; "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!" [syn: get down}]
  5. engulf and destroy; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
  6. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter" [syn: immerse, swallow up, bury, eat up]
  7. utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
  8. take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words" [syn: take back, unsay, withdraw]
  9. keep from expressing; "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
  10. tolerate or accommodate oneself to; "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncracies" [syn: accept, live with]
  11. believe or accept without questioning or challenge; "Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
Swallow Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Swallow \Swal"low\, n. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala, Dan. svale.]
  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinid[ae], especially one of those species in which the tail is deeply forked. They have long, pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and gracefulness of their flight. Note: The most common North American species are the barn swallow (see under Barn), the cliff, or eaves, swallow (see under Cliff), the white-bellied, or tree, swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and the bank swallow (see under Bank). The common European swallow (Chelidon rustica), and the window swallow, or martin (Chelidon urbica), are familiar species.
  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of swifts which
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Swallow'


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The swallows and martins are a group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the Barn Swallow.

This family comprises two subfamilies: Pseudochelidoninae (the river martins of the genus Pseudochelidon) and Hirundininae (all other swallows and martins). Within the Hirundiniae, the name "martin" tends to be used for the squarer-tailed species, and the name "swallow" for the more fork-tailed species; however, there is no scientific distinction between these two groups. The family contains around 83 species in 19 genera.

The swallows have a cosmopolitan distribution across the world and breed on all the continents except Antarctica. It is believed that this family originated in Africa as hole-nesters; Africa still has the greatest diversity of species. They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory. A few species of swallow and martin are threatened with extinction by human activities, although other species have benefited from human changes to the environment and live around humans.

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* One swallow does not make a summer. - Aristotle

* There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. - Pearl Bailey

* We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip little by little at a truth we find bitter. - Denis Diderot


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