swallow

swallow
swallow1 [swä′lō]
n.
[ME swalwe < OE swealwe, akin to Ger schwalbe, ON svala, swallow, & prob. Russ solovyej, Czech slavík, nightingale]
1. any of a family (Hirundinidae) of small, swift-flying, insect-eating passerine birds with long, pointed wings and a forked tail, including the barn swallow and purple martin: most species migrate, often between widely separated summer and winter homes
2. any of various birds resembling swallows, as certain swifts
swallow2 [swä′lō]
vt.
[ME swolwen < OE swelgan, akin to Ger schwelgen < IE base * swel-, to devour > SWILL]
1. to pass (food, drink, etc.) from the mouth through the gullet or esophagus into the stomach, usually by a series of muscular actions in the throat
2. to take in; absorb; engulf; envelop: often with up
3. to take back (words said); retract; withdraw
4. to put up with; tolerate; bear humbly [to swallow an insult]
5. to refrain from expressing; hold back; suppress [to swallow one's pride]
6. to utter (words) indistinctly
7. Informal to accept as true without question; receive gullibly
vi.
to move the muscles of the throat as in swallowing something; specif., to do so under stress of emotion
n.
1. the act of swallowing
2. the amount swallowed at one time
3. Now Chiefly Brit. the throat or gullet
4. Naut. the opening in a block or pulley through which the rope runs
swallower
n.

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