• WordNet 3.6
    • n sward surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sward Skin; covering.
    • Sward The grassy surface of land; that part of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass; turf. "The sward was trim as any garden lawn."
    • v. t. & i Sward To produce sward upon; to cover, or be covered, with sward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sward A skin; a covering; especially, the hide of a beast, as of a hog.
    • n sward The grassy surface of land; turf; that part of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass, forming a kind of mat. When covered with green grass it is called greensward.
    • sward To produce sward on; cover with sward.
    • sward To become covered with sward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sward swawrd the grassy surface of land: green turf—also Swarth
    • v.t Sward to cover with sward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sweard, skin, covering; akin to OFries. swarge, D. zwoord, G. schwarte, Icel. svörr, skin, sward of the earth


In literature:

The soldiers mostly stretched themselves on the sward and slept.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
The farmer's cottage stood upon a level sward of green.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
The sun went lower in the sky and flamed along the sward.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Who will forget McIntosh, striving to rally the rearmost, dragged from the saddle and hacked to death upon the sward?
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
The figure is represented as fighting on the green sward.
"Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853" by Various
Back on the sloping Sward between No.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
In the enclosed portion of the park at Okebourne the boughs of the trees descended and swept the sward.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
Midway down the green sward he wheeled.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
He soon returned, and brought with him a variety of things to eat, which he placed on the sward, beside the Nanticoke.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
It was finished by the heroine of this legend, who ploughed the sward through to Sanctuit Pond.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Placing them upon the white sward, he backed away, motioning the two visitors to pick them up.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Now, you see that broad strip of moonlit sward over there which they are approaching.
"The Missing Merchantman" by Harry Collingwood
It has a wonderful effect, those two long lines of sward.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The shadow of the broad wings fell upon the sunlit sward directly before its eyes.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
We then stretched ourselves on the sward, not supposing that we should go to sleep, but in spite of our anxiety we dropped off.
"The Boy who sailed with Blake" by W.H.G. Kingston
The young woman's milk-can, a great amphora of hammered brass, stood some way off upon the sward.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Seven pounds of seed to the acre will make a good sward.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The sward was heavy all about it save on the river side.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
The barracks turned out also a very fair show of children upon the green sward.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Directly in front of us, the sward was cut and scored by numerous tracks.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

'Tis health for any one
To be walking there,
O'er the green swards of Baldovan,
And in the forests fair.
"Baldovan" by William Topaz McGonagall
The mortal frame that rests below
This consecrated sward,
Was late with heavenly hope aglow,
A temple of the Lord.
"In Memoriam: Rensellaer Biddle" by David John Scott
"Behold in the bloom of apples
And the violets in the sward
A hint of the old, lost beauty
Of the Garden of the Lord!"
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I care not that your little life
Will quickly have run through,
And the sward with summer children rife
Keep not a trace of you.
"Cowslips" by Mary Botham Howitt
The sward all decked with rainbow hues,
The whispering of the trees,
Nor perfumed airs of flowery June,
Can win her to her ease.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
But from the craggy hills above,
A shadow darken'd o'er the sward;
For there—a vulture to this dove—
Hung the rude fortress of the lord;
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Pella — Funeral services for Robert (Bob) Sward , 76, of Sully were held Saturday, August 21, 2012, at the Sully Community Church.
Terry (Linda) Sward of Kansas City, Julie (Stuart) Zurcher of Sully, Lori (Tim) Zylstra of Sully, and Rick (Jackie) Sward of Monument, Colorado.
OGDEN, Iowa—A funeral service has been set for 80-year old JoAnn K Sward of Ogden, Iowa.