swamp

Definitions

  • BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
    BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swamp fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid "the basement was inundated after the storm","The images flooded his mind"
    • v swamp drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"
    • n swamp low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog
    • n swamp a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables "he was trapped in a medical swamp"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

FLORIDA SWAMP FLORIDA SWAMP
Swamp White Oak. Swamp Oak Swamp White Oak. Swamp Oak

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The snapping turtle eats carrion and is used by police to find dead bodies in lakes, ponds and swamps.
    • Swamp Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck. "The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers.""Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory."
    • Swamp To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked.
    • Swamp (Naut) To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water.
    • Swamp To plunge or sink into a swamp.
    • Swamp To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties.
    • n Swamp Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore. "Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern.""A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only herbage, plants, and mosses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Snakes don’t bite in rivers or swamps because they would drown if they did.
    • n swamp A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.
    • n swamp In coal-mining, a local depression in a coal-bed, in which water may collect.
    • n swamp A shallow lake.
    • swamp To plunge, whelm, or sink in a swamp, or as in a swamp.
    • swamp To plunge into inextricable difficulties; overwhelm; ruin; hence, to outbalance; exceed largely in numbers.
    • swamp Nautical, to overset, sink, or cause to become filled, as a boat, in water; whelm.
    • swamp To cut out (a road) into a forest. See swamper.
    • swamp To sink or stick in a swamp; hence, to be plunged in inextricable difficulties.
    • swamp To become filled with water and sink, as a boat; founder; hence, to be ruined; be wrecked.
    • swamp Thin; slender; lean.
    • swamp In lumbering, to clear (the ground) of under-brush, fallen trees, and other obstructions preparatory to constructing a logging-road or opening out a gutter-road.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Houston, Texas is built on a swamp and is slowly sinking
    • n Swamp swomp wet, spongy land: low ground filled with water
    • v.t Swamp to sink in, or as in a swamp: to overset, or cause to fill with water, as a boat
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Quotations

  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. swam, a fungus, OD. swam, a sponge, D. zwam, a fungus, G. schwamm, a sponge, Icel. svöppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy

Usage

In literature:

One tam I is bin-a mek me way troo t'ick swamp.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Mr. Applerod, kindly reduce your swamp proposition to paper and let me have it by to-morrow.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
Medium-sized tree, often covering swamps, in which case it is smaller and of poor quality.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
It is almost an impassable swamp, I am told.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
It led down over the hill, through the thicket, and came to an end at the marsh which marked the beginning of the swamp.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
It was light, too, after the dead blackness of the narrow swamp road.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
Then he turned again towards the swamp, and resumed his restless walk.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
We'd be about sure to get lost in the swamp, an' there's no tellin' what might happen to us.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
The film of the swamp too often obscures it.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
If Jolly Robin wanted to see this shy cousin, he had to go into the swamp.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Of the latter it derives an inexhaustible supply, from the great "Dismal Swamp," which is immediately in its neighbourhood.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
All south forest, near swamp.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
We ain' goin' to de swamp.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
That stuff will show up again in the swamp to-night and I am going down there to collect some samples.
"Poisoned Air" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
It grows on mossy logs or in mossy swamps.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The hot-headed cavalier, thinking that the swamp might be waded, put spurs to his horse and dashed forward.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Warsaw's weakness lay in the north in the swamp regions.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The babies in the tamarack swamp knew nothing about civilization.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
One day that Tom Walker had been to a distant part of the neighborhood, he took what he considered a short cut homeward through the swamp.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
The two parties met at the edge of a swamp beside a cluster of trees, since called Seven Oaks.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
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In poetry:

I have seen — I have seen
Beneath these dreary skies,
Beside these swamps
A greater Rome arise.
"I Have Seen" by Cicely Fox Smith
The winds blew hard.
The waves swamped the boat.
Everyone was afraid.
"I've done wrong!" said Jonah.
"The Adventures of Jonah" by Doris Clore Demaree
And far as the eye of God could see
Darkness covered everything,
Blacker than a hundred midnights
Down in a cypress swamp.
"The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson
Where all the floods become untied
And pour their torrents far and wide,
From mountain side to mountain side,
Through the dismal swamp.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I hear the waters in the mossy swamps
Start on their ocean quest,
Gliding through meadows, murmuring in woods,
Till reaching final rest.
"The Spring Afar" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"Their gay robes trailed in ditch and swamp,
And torn by thorn and thicket,
The dancing-girls of Merry Mount
Came dragging to my wicket.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

I'm a King Bee: The Early Swamp Blues Classics.
The History Channel is playing on a longstanding urban legend to promote the second season of the Atchafalaya Swamp-set docu-reality series "Swamp People".
Just like old times in Florida's Swamp.
Recently visited the Pearl River and Honey Island Swamp Museum and Research Center to share a story about Sam Boss.
There is a common belief, particularly in the nation's more affluent neighborhoods, that teenagers are swamped with homework and school-related commitments.
Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is wading into the murky swamp of the state's Public Employees Retirement System.
Haley defends not encrypting tax returns, says phone line swamped.
'The Bay' swamped by terrible choices ?
The swamp is ever-changing and rich with wildlife.
As campaign ads swamp the Commonwealth, site aims to "explain what the facts are".
It's been a tumultuous three months for the Kangaroo Express location at the corner of Buck Swamp Road and Huntington Drive in what was formerly the northwestern portion of the city.
The only area not swamped with holiday shoppers was the Tennessee apparel area.
Florida's Mike Gillislee runs for a touchdown against LSU at the Swamp, Steve Spurrier's nickname for the Gators' home field.
Swamp fest set Nov 3-4 at Audubon Zoo.
Cajun cuisine and bayou culture will be celebrated Nov 3-4 at the Louisiana Swamp Fest in New Orleans.
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In science:

Since Ripley’s K -function is cumulative, we also provide the pair correlation functions for all trees and each species for the swamp tree data in Figure 13.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The bivariate pair correlation functions for the species in swamp tree data are plotted in Figure 14.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 12: Second-order properties of swamp tree data.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
In particular, for the swamp tree data average NN distance (± standard deviation) is about 1.93 (± 1.17) meters and notice that Ripley’s L-function and NNCT-tests yield similar results for distances about 2 meters.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 13: Pair correlation functions for all trees combined and for each species in the swamp tree data.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 14: Pair correlation functions for each pair of species in the swamp tree data.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 4: Second-order properties of swamp tree data.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
To answer such questions, we also present the second-order analysis of the swamp tree data.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
In particular, for the swamp tree data average NN distance (± standard deviation) is about 1.8 (± 1.04) meters and notice that Ripley’s L-function and NNCT-tests yield similar results for distances about 2 meters.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 5: Second-order properties of swamp tree data.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 6: Pair correlation functions for all trees combined and for each species in the swamp tree data.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Figure 7: Pair correlation functions for each pair of species in the swamp tree data.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Unfortunately the errors on these values swamps any detected correlation.
Conclusions from the image analysis of the VSOP Survey
To answer such questions, we also present the second-order analysis of the swamp tree data (Diggle (2003)) using the functions (or some modified version of them) provided in spatstat package in R (Baddeley and Turner (2005)).
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Ripley’s univariate L-functions and the pair correlation functions for both species combined and each species for the swamp tree data are presented in Figure 7.
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
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