• A Flight of Wild Swans
    A Flight of Wild Swans
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swan to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true "Before God I swear I am innocent"
    • v swan sweep majestically "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"
    • v swan move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
    • n swan stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Black Swan of Australia The Black Swan of Australia
The Swan, Thames Ditton The Swan, Thames Ditton
Swans Swans
Elise is carried through the air by the swans Elise is carried through the air by the swans

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners
    • Swan (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninæ. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
    • Swan Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
    • Swan (Astron) The constellation Cygnus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All the swans in England are property of the Queen.
    • n swan A large lamellirostral palmiped bird, of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Cygninæ, with a long and flexible neck, naked lores, reticulate tarsi, and simple or slightly lobed hallux. ; ; . The neck is usually held in a graceful curve while the bird is swimming; the inner flight-feathers are usually enlarged, and capable of being erected or set like sails to waft the bird over the water; and in most of the species the plumage of the adults is snow-white in both sexes. The young of the white species are usually grayish or brownish; they are called cygnets. Swans walk awkwardly on land, in consequence of the backward position of the legs, but their movements on the water are exceptionally graceful and stately. Hence they are very ornamental, and some of them have been kept from time immemorial in a state of domestication. Swans are chiefly herbivorous. The flesh is edible, and the plumage furnishes the valuable swan's-down. There are 8 or 10 species, found in most parts of the world, except Africa. The ordinary white swans fall into two groups—Cygnus proper, with a knob on the beak, and Olor, without a knob; the latter are also distinguished by the resonant quality of the voice, due to the convolutions of the windpipe in the cavity of the breast-bone. In Europe four kinds of swans are found: the common “tame” or mute swan, usually seen in domestication, C. gibbus (by the rules of nomenclature also called C. olor), with a knob on the beak, wedge-shaped tail, and no tracheal convolutions
    • n swan In heraldry, a bearing representing a swan, usually with the wings raised as it carries them when swimming. It is therefore not necessary to say in the blazon “with wings indorsed.” See below.
    • n swan In astronomy See Cygnus, 2.
    • n swan See def. 1.
    • swan To swear: used in the phrase I swan, an expression of emphasis. Also swon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Swan invented the light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison did. However, Swan didn't patent the idea and was widely accused of copying Edison who did patent the idea and was therefore recognized as its inventor. Swan continued to be denied recognition until some time later when it was shown that both light bulbs were produced using different processes. Edison and Swan later formed a joint company using the best of both technologies.
    • n Swan swon a genus of birds constituting a very distinct section of the Duck family Anatidæ, having the neck as long as the body, noted for grace and stateliness of movement on the water
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.”


Swan song - A swan song is a final act before dying or ending something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. swan,; akin to D. zwaan, OHG. swan, G. schwan, Icel. svanr, Sw. svan, Dan. svane,; and perhaps to E. sound, something audible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swan; Ger. schwan, Dut. zwaan.


In literature:

Batavia to Sydney, New South Wales, by Swan River.
"A General Plan for a Mail Communication by Steam, Between Great Britain and the Eastern and Western Parts of the World" by James MacQueen
The birds sacred to her were the swan, the dove, and the sparrow.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
And out of the thicket came three beautiful white Swans.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
Odjibwa, hearing a strange noise, saw in the lake a most beautiful red swan.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Swans' feathers are much prized in that land for beds.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
She may turn out to be the most beautiful swan of them all.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
They were mere specks of white in the distance, and as we glided towards them we had no doubt that they were swans.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
In the life of Colonel James Swan, as in that of Doctor Benjamin Church, money was the root of all evil.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
Meanwhile, the elder squaw having landed, met the retreating swan just as it gained the rushes.
"The Pioneers" by R.M. Ballantyne
Every one expected to see Spitfire follow Dick Swan, and in similar fashion, but they were mistaken.
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

But something stronger than herself
Would cry, "Go on, go on!
Remember, though an humble fowl,
You're cousin to a swan."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
The doe was followed by her fawn;
The swan built in the reeds:
A something whitened all the lawn,
And yellowed all the meads.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
The wounded heart and the dying swan
Were side by side
Where the rushes coil with the turn of the tide—
The hart and the swan.
"Last Love [Canzone]" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
I lingered still when you were gone,
When tryst and trust were o'er,
While memory like a wounded swan
In sorrow sung love's lore.
"Lingering" by Cale Young Rice
So he sang of worlds austere and strange,
Of seas so wildly wide
That only the journeying swan might range
The marches of the tide.
"The Hearer" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
And onward to the shore they drew
And leapt to land the knight,
And down the stream the swan-drawn boat
Fell soon beyond the sight.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

Katrina Lenk is forced into the sex trade by husband Jimmy Swan in Jeffery Leonard Bowman's biotuner 'Lovelace a Rock pera'.
Pictured (from left) are Katelyn Swan.
Bruce Springsteen mixes genres on a new album, Cooking Light reveals the 41 most common cooking mistakes, Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' offers a more male-based cast, and more top picks.
Arising from the cracks of the New York City postpunk scene in the early 1980s, Swans' music is a genre unto itself.
With The Anatomy of Influence, Harold Bloom has promised us his "swan song" as a critic.
Darren Aronofsky, director of arty frightfest Black Swan, has had his own battles with letting go.
1 and "The Swan of Tuonela".
Perfection eludes Mariinsky in 'Swan Lake'.
The Mariinsky Ballet performs "Swan Lake" Tuesday evening at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Oxana Skorik of The Mariinsky Ballet performs as the Queen of Swans in "Swan Lake" Tuesday evening.
How to Talk to A Black Swan.
Leone, pictured here, is accused of smashing 7 swan eggs from the Manlius Swan Pond.
That comes through even in his swan song column published today.
Gazette Photo by John Swan Rev.
Emma Swan, Once Upon A Time.

In science:

Doran [FD, Remark 13.9]) and hence the more general equivalence between the category of Hilbert bundles and the category of Hilbert C*-modules actually entails the Hermitian version of Serre-Swan theorem presented here. 13Continuous, fiberwise linear maps, preserving the base points.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
Problem: Serre-Swan theorem deals only with categories of bundles over a fixed topological space (categories of modules over a fixed algebra, respectively).
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
This is the notion that we have used in [BCL1] and that appeared also in [Ta1, Ta2, FGV, Ho]. A more appropriate solution would be to consider “congruences” of bimodules and reformulate Serre-Swan theorem in terms of relators (as defined in [BCL1]).
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
Serre-Swan equivalence is actually a particular case of the following general (and surprisingly almost unnoticed) Gel’fand duality result that was obtained in 1971 by A.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
This reconstruction theorem for imprimitivity bimodules is actually only the starting point for the development of a complete “bivariant” version of Serre-Swan equivalence and Takahashi duality.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics