Etymology: Possibly of Middle English, shade, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse svalr
- A low tract of moist or marshy land.
- A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
- A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for swale for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.