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SWAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swan mean? 

SWAN (noun)
  The noun SWAN has 1 sense:

1. stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

  Familiarity information: SWAN used as a noun is very rare.


SWAN (verb)
  The verb SWAN has 3 senses:

1. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
2. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
3. sweep majestically

  Familiarity information: SWAN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWAN (noun)


Sense 1swan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("swan" is a kind of...):

aquatic bird (wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water)

Meronyms (parts of "swan"):

swan's down (down of the swan)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swan"):

black swan; Cygnus atratus (large Australian swan having black plumage and a red bill)

coscoroba (large white South American bird intermediate in some respects between ducks and swans)

cob (adult male swan)

pen (female swan)

cygnet (a young swan)

Cygnus olor; mute swan (soundless Eurasian swan; commonly domesticated)

Cygnus cygnus; whooper; whooper swan (common Old World swan noted for its whooping call)

Cygnus columbianus; tundra swan (swan that nests in tundra regions of the New and Old Worlds)

Cygnus buccinator; trumpeter; trumpeter swan (large pure white wild swan of western North America having a sonorous cry)

Holonyms ("swan" is a member of...):

Anatidae; family Anatidae (swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks)


SWAN (verb)


Sense 1swan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

swan; avow; swear; aver; assert; affirm; verify

Context example:

Before God I swear I am innocent

Hypernyms (to "swan" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "swan"):

hold (assert or affirm)

claim; take (lay claim to; as of an idea)

attest (authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity)

declare (state firmly)

protest (affirm or avow formally or solemnly)

assure; tell (inform positively and with certainty and confidence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They swan that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2swan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

vagabond; stray; rove; roam; wander; range; ramble; swan; drift; tramp; cast; roll

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "swan" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "swan"):

maunder (wander aimlessly)

gad; gallivant; jazz around (wander aimlessly in search of pleasure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3swan [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sweep majestically

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Airplanes were swanning over the mountains

Hypernyms (to "swan" is one way to...):

sail; sweep (move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


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