swan

swan
swan1 [swän, swôn]
n.
[ME < OE, akin to Ger schwan < IE base * swen-, to sound, sing > L sonus,SOUND1 ]
1. pl. swans or swan any of several large-bodied, web-footed waterfowl (family Anatidae, esp. genus Cygnus) with a long, graceful neck and, typically, pure white feathers: swans are graceful swimmers and strong fliers
2. a person who resembles or is thought to resemble a swan in some way; sometimes, specif., a great poet or singer
vi.
[Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to move slowly or majestically, with a calm, serene air
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the Swan
the constellation Cygnus
☆ swan2 [swän, swôn ]
vi.
[< ? Brit dial. Is' wan, I'll warrant]
Dial. to swear: usually in the exclamation I swan!, used to express surprise, impatience, etc.

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  • SWAN — bezeichnet ein australisches Kriegsschiff im Zweiten Weltkrieg, siehe HMAS Swan (U74) eine Sloop Klasse der Royal Navy, siehe Black Swan Klasse (Sloop) eine finnische Werft, siehe Nautor’s Swan, sowie eine Yacht dieses Herstellers, siehe Swan 48… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Swan — bezeichnet ein australisches Kriegsschiff im Zweiten Weltkrieg, siehe HMAS Swan (U74) eine Sloop Klasse der Royal Navy, siehe Black Swan Klasse (Sloop) eine finnische Werft, siehe Nautor’s Swan, sowie Yachtmodelle dieses Herstellers, siehe auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Swan — (sw[o^]n), n. [AS. swan; akin to D. zwaan, OHG. swan, G. schwan, Icel. svanr, Sw. svan, Dan. svane; and perhaps to E. sound something audible.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to {Cygnus}, {Olor}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swan 48 — Foto / Zeichnung technische Daten LüA: 14,83 m LWL: 12,50 m Breite: 4,32 m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • swan — O.E. swan, from P.Gmc. *swanaz (Cf. O.S. swan, O.N. svanr, M.Du. swane, Du. zwaan, O.H.G. swan, Ger. Schwan), probably lit. the singing bird, from PIE root *swon /*swen to sing, make sound (see SOUND (Cf. sound) …   Etymology dictionary

  • swan — swan; swan·i·mote; swan·nery; swan·ny; swan·sea; swan·skin; swan·mote; …   English syllables

  • swan n — Swan swam over the sea, Swim, swan, swim! Swan swam back again. Well swum, swan! …   English expressions

  • Swan — Swan, IA U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 121 Housing Units (2000): 40 Land area (2000): 0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Swan, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 121 Housing Units (2000): 40 Land area (2000): 0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Swan — Swan, John Macallan Swan, Joseph Wilson …   Enciclopedia Universal

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