• WordNet 3.6
    • n swale a low area (especially a marshy area between ridges)
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swale A gutter in a candle.
    • n Swale A valley or low place; a tract of low, and usually wet, land; a moor; a fen.
    • v. i. & t Swale To melt and waste away; to singe. See Sweal v.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swale A shade, or shady spot.
    • n swale A low place; a slight depression in a region in general nearly level, especially one of the lower tracts of what is called in the western United States “rolling prairie.” These depressions arc usually moister than the adjacent higher land, and often have a ranker vegetation, due to the enrichment resulting from the washing down of the finer and richer part of the soil of the higher land about them.
    • swale Bleak; windy.
    • swale To melt and run down, as from heat; show the effects of great heat, whether by melting or by burning slowly.
    • swale To burn, whether by singeing or by causing to melt or to run down; especially, to dress, as an animal killed for food, by singeing off the hair.
    • n swale A gutter in a candle.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swale swāl a shady spot: a lower tract of rolling prairie.
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. svalr, cool, svala, to cool


In literature:

In the swales blue joint grew rank.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Captain Swales, this gentleman has a son whom he wishes to send to sea.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Turkeys lie on the sunny sides o' the swales an' ridges.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
She topped the rise, and half way across a wide swale, caught another glimpse of the horseman.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
The land was swampy, covered with swale, and the settlers had all passed it up as worthless.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Mr. Swale objected that the port was never the better.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Frosts by this time were binding swale and pool.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The great plumed hat they had put upon me flapped and swaled over my eyes so as almost to blind me.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
You've shot out every swale along Brier Brook!
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
The ground was firmer but there were swales full of water.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Oh, yea! and tho' she struggled pale,
Did it not hold her cold and fast,
Till crawled the tide o'er rock and swale,
To her at last?
"Oh, Go Not Out" by Cale Young Rice
Then he rode o'er a rise and battin' his eyes,
A-lookin' down into a swale,
He'd come to the lair of a she grizzly bear,
And she was a-holdin' the trail.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
The shade slipped onward to the falling gloom;
Then came a soldier gallant in her stead,
Swinging a beaver with a swaling plume,
A ribboned love-lock rippling from his head.
"The Sun-Dial" by Henry Austin Dobson

In news:

Patent #: 7,338,702Inventor(s): Timothy Swales and Philippe ScheerlinckCompany: Johns ManvilleFiled: 2004-04-27Issued: 2008-03-04Description.
Volunteers help remove milfoil and install bottom barriers in a swale next to Baldwin Beach on June 3.
Ever So Lucky Ready in Time for Swale.
Ever So Lucky faces 9 in the Swale at Gulfstream Park.
If all goes as planned, crews will be working on draining and improving the swales full of water in the first week of December.
Swale on Dighton's Bristol County Agricultural High School needs repair.
Susan Ackerson, owner of the Old Marco Pub and Anchor Real Estate, pointed out that the swales are city property, not the possession of the condominiums.
Trinniberg, Martinez Untested in Swale Romp.
Trinniberg and Willie Martinez cannot be caught in the Swale .
Trinniberg takes the Grade 3, $150,000 Swale Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park on March 10, 2012.
Shivananda Parbhoo's Trinniberg is a colt to be reckoned with in the major three-year-old sprints later this year after an impressive 2012 debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Swale at Gulfstream Park.
Ever So Lucky Ready in Time for Swale .
Ever So Lucky faces 9 in the Swale at Gulfstream Park.
Trinniberg and Willie Martinez cannot be caught in the Swale.
While 3D golf allows the viewer to see the swales and undulating contours of the golf course terrain, it does not enable the action to come toward the viewer.