• WordNet 3.6
    • n swain a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swain A servant. "Him behoves serve himself that has no swain ."
    • Swain A young man dwelling in the country; a rustic; esp., a cuntry gallant or lover; -- chiefly in poetry. "It were a happy life
      To be no better than a homely swain ."
      "Blest swains ! whose nymphs in every grace excel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swain A young man or boy in service; a servant.
    • n swain A young man in attendance on a knight; a squire.
    • n swain A man dwelling in the country; a countryman employed in husbandry; a rustic.
    • n swain Hence A country gallant; a lover or sweetheart generally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swain swān a young man: a peasant: a country lover
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swain, swein, Icel. sveinn, a boy, servant; akin to Sw. sven, Dan. svend, AS. swān, OHG. swein,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. sveinn, young man, servant, Dan. svend, servant.


In literature:

Translated from the French by J. W. Swain.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Swain, Earle & Co. were established about 1868.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
W. C. Gannett, Minn.; Elizabeth L. Saxon, New Orleans; Mrs. J. Swain, Ill.; Geo.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
She brought offerings of late roses or autumn violets from home, and followed her idol about the school like a love-sick swain.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
It was a resolute Tilda who awaited her swain at the kitchen door that night.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 2, 1914" by Various
With her twenty-eight of the crew, including a U. S. N. boat-swain's mate, perished.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The two boys invited me and Mrs. Swain to stop at Salem to visit them, which we did.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
He had invited Manuela, he was sure: had he included her swain?
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
Then after a sound beating she was handed over to the ardent swain along with the cows, and so forth, nominated in the bond.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
A 'frugal swain' means a harassed wife.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett

In poetry:

Thou that art the shepherds' queen,
Look upon thy silly swain;
By thy comfort have been seen
Dead men brought to life again.
"A Pastoral" by Nicholas Breton
So rude and tuneless are thy lays,
The weary audience vow
'Tis not th' Arcadian swain that sings,
But 'tis his herds that low.
"On Certain Pastorals" by William Shenstone
"Come, girl," said he, "hold up your head,
He'll be as good as me;
For when your swain is in our boat,
A boatswain he will be."
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
Poor Will was once the gayest swain
At village dance was seen;
No freer heart of wicked stain
E'er tripp'd the moonlight green.
"Will, The Maniac" by Washington Allston
Hide it, as men from harm their eyes wou'd hide,
Feed it, as duely as the careful swain
His flock — adorn it gaily, like a bride,
And suffer not the foe its fence to gain.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
Firmius. O trie no other Sheepheard Swaine,
And care not other loves to prove,
Who though they give thee all their love:
Thou canst not such as mine obtaine.
And wouldst thou have in love more gaine? O yet I would Love thee more, if that I could.
"Faustus and Firmius Sing to Their Nimph" by Bartholomew Young

In news:

Find a Swain County Car Dealer.
Articles by Jon Swain Email the Author.
Sharon Ruth Swain , 65, of Gnadenhutten, died Saturday November 17, 2012 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.
Teresa Julian, center, along with Huntersville commissioner candidate Jeff Neely, right, and Mayor Jill Swain , right, watch on a computer as final election results are reported.
Dorothy Swain Mitchell, age 90, of Emory died April 30, 2012.
Jim Swain sets track record Berlin Raceway.
Courtesy Photo Tom DeVette Jim Swain became the fastest driver in Berlin Raceway's 60-year history Saturday night.
Swain Earns First College Start.
Swain completed 13/29 pass attempts for 91 yards, but ran for 105 additional yards, including a 33-yard-run where he scored his first touchdown of his college career.
Ardis Aileen Swain was born in Clarke County, IA on Feb 8, 1914 to William H Herron and Olgal Touet.
Off-color graffiti hits Swain recreation area.
Swain brings business training and education center online.
You'll rarely, if ever, see Swain County coach Neil Blankenship in Jenkins Grocery in Bryson City — or Ingles or Beam's Market, for that matter.
Items tagged with Rodney Swain .
James Bailey Swain , 44, departed this life on February 23, 2012.

In science:

Rosenfeld N, Young JW, Alon U, Swain PS, Elowitz MB (2005) Gene regulation at the single-cell level.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Swain, M. R., Vasisht, G., and Tinetti, G. (2008b).
Characterising the Atmospheres of Transiting Planets with a Dedicated Space Telescope
The first is presented in Swain et al. (2008), the second in Sing et al. (2009).
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
However, there is no obvious reason why performance at the 0.001 radian (or 0.06 degree) could not be achieved, in particular since the necessary high-precision phase-measurement equipment is being developed for differential-phase detections of hot exoplanets (Akeson, Swain & Colavita 2002).
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement
Swain, talk presented at the workshop, e-print hep-ex/0305026 .
Summary of the 2003 Moriond Workshop on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories