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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But witnesses in a nearby aircraft said the plane flew directly into the swamp.
▪ On the walls are framed prints of herons and egrets in cypress swamps and watery glades.
▪ Tax revenues allocated for education disappeared into a swamp of corruption.
▪ The ceaseless deluge had turned the small front yard of the cottage into a swamp.
▪ The following day we flew into the swamps in a six-seater plane.
▪ The middle of United's notorious pitch was a swamp long before kick-off, posing the threat of stamina-sapping conditions.
▪ With its loss of flow, the river's old mouth had silted up, thus forming the lagoon and swamp.
▪ About 3000 years ago a tidal wave swamped the coastal lowlands of Greece, causing massive destruction.
▪ The dam burst, swamping the valley and hundreds of homes.
▪ The river jumped its banks and swamped hundreds of homes.
▪ Water the young plants well, but don't swamp them.
▪ A kid would challenge me and fear would rise inside my stomach like fog on the Bay and swamp me.
▪ It crushes our potentialities and invades our lives with its imported products and televised movies that swamp the airwaves.
▪ Now the fixes will get fewer; and sheer traffic growth will soon swamp any gains.
▪ Still, the aspect of that news which affected himself was uppermost in his mind, threatening to swamp such minor worries.
▪ Tension choked them: they could feel it rising up their throats, threatening to swamp their brains.
▪ There are extra shopping centres and the Lady Godiva statue now has a marquee-like canopy swamping it.
▪ They swamped me with their cameras, tape recorders and notebooks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Swamp \Swamp\, n. [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D. zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. sv["o]ppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.] Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore. Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern. --Tennyson. A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only herbage, plants, and mosses. --Farming Encyc. (E. Edwards, Words). Swamp blackbird. (Zo["o]l.) See Redwing (b) . Swamp cabbage (Bot.), skunk cabbage. Swamp deer (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic deer ( Rucervus Duvaucelli) of India. Swamp hen. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. An Australian azure-breasted bird ( Porphyrio bellus); -- called also goollema.

  2. An Australian water crake, or rail ( Porzana Tabuensis); -- called also little swamp hen.

  3. The European purple gallinule.

    Swamp honeysuckle (Bot.), an American shrub ( Azalea viscosa syn. Rhododendron viscosa or Rhododendron viscosum) growing in swampy places, with fragrant flowers of a white color, or white tinged with rose; -- called also swamp pink and white swamp honeysuckle.

    Swamp hook, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling logs. Cf. Cant hook.

    Swamp itch. (Med.) See Prairie itch, under Prairie.

    Swamp laurel (Bot.), a shrub ( Kalmia glauca) having small leaves with the lower surface glaucous.

    Swamp maple (Bot.), red maple. See Maple.

    Swamp oak (Bot.), a name given to several kinds of oak which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak ( Quercus palustris), swamp white oak ( Q. bicolor), swamp post oak ( Q. lyrata).

    Swamp ore (Min.), bog ore; limonite.

    Swamp partridge (Zo["o]l.), any one of several Australian game birds of the genera Synoicus and Excalfatoria, allied to the European partridges.

    Swamp robin (Zo["o]l.), the chewink.

    Swamp sassafras (Bot.), a small North American tree of the genus Magnolia ( M. glauca) with aromatic leaves and fragrant creamy-white blossoms; -- called also sweet bay.

    Swamp sparrow (Zo["o]l.), a common North American sparrow ( Melospiza Georgiana, or M. palustris), closely resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy places.

    Swamp willow. (Bot.) See Pussy willow, under Pussy.


Swamp \Swamp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swamped; p. pr. & vb. n. Swamping.]

  1. To plunge or sink into a swamp.

  2. (Naut.) To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water.

  3. Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.

    The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers.
    --J. R. Green.

    Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory.
    --Sir W. Hamilton.


Swamp \Swamp\, v. i.

  1. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties.

  2. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"overwhelm, sink (as if in a swamp)," 1772, from swamp (n.). Figurative sense is from 1818. Related: Swamped; swamping.


c.1500 (implied in swampwatyr "swamp-water"), of uncertain origin, perhaps [Barnhart] a dialectal survival from an Old English cognate of Old Norse svöppr "sponge, fungus," from Proto-Germanic *swampuz; but traditionally connected with Middle English sompe "morass, swamp," which probably is from Middle Dutch somp or Middle Low German sump "swamp" (see sump). All of these likely are ultimately related to each other, from PIE *swombho- "spongy; mushroom," via the notion of "spongy ground."\n\n[B]y swamps then in general is to be understood any low grounds subject to inundations, distinguished from marshes, in having a large growth of timber, and much underwood, canes, reeds, wythes, vines, briers, and such like, so matted together, that they are in a great measure impenetrable to man or beast .... [Bernard Romans, "A Concise History of East and West Florida," 1775] \n\nMore popular in U.S. (swamp (n.) by itself is first attested 1624 in Capt. John Smith's description of Virginia). Swamp-oak is from 1680s, American English. Swamp Yankee "rural, rustic New Englander" is attested from 1941. Thornton's "American Glossary" (1912) has swamp-angel "dweller in a swamp," swamp-law "might makes right."


n. 1 A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes. 2 A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment. vb. 1 To drench or fill with water. 2 To overwhelm; to make too busy, or overrun the capacity of. 3 (context figurative English) To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.

  1. n. low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog [syn: swampland]

  2. a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables; "he was trapped in a medical swamp"

  1. v. drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor" [syn: drench]

  2. fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind" [syn: deluge, flood, inundate]


A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. Some swamps have hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodic inundation. The two main types of swamp are "true" or swamp forests and "transitional" or shrub swamps. In the boreal regions of Canada, the word swamp is colloquially used for what is more correctly termed a bog or muskeg. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater. Some of the world's largest swamps are found along major rivers such as the Amazon, the Mississippi, and the Congo.

Swamp (comic strip)

Swamp is a comic strip created by Australian Gary Clark. It was first published in 1981 in the Sunshine Coast Daily. According to Clark, the inspiration and model for this strip was the creeks and lagoons in a bushy suburban Brisbane where he grew up in the 1960s. He describes the strip as a "down-to-earth look at a bewildered society thriving in an ever-increasing complex world."

The popular characters in the comic strip are : Ding Duck, Wart & Mort Frog, Old Man Croc, Bob the Crayfish, The Dung Beetles, Air Traffic Controller, The Ants, The Bludgerigar. Ding Duck and the Air Traffic Controller are popular worldwide in aviation circles. Wart & Mort Frog are popular with organisations and websites that promote water quality and sustainability and a clean, green environment.

Under license to AKASHI HIFUKU KOGYO Co. Ltd, the Swamp characters appear on upscale casual and sportswear especially golf sportswear in Japan and South Korea.

It is syndicated to newspapers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe and translated into seven languages.

Gary Clark has won 10 Stanley Awards for Best Comic Strip Artist of the Year including the inaugural award presented by Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Also, Clark has won 11 Rotary National Cartoon Awards. His company, Swamp Productions Pty Ltd was nominated for export achievement in Arts/Entertainment category in the Premier of Queensland Awards in 1999 for export achievement to Japan.

Early in his cartooning career, Gary Clark created the popular Diesel Dog Cartoon featured in Truckin' Life Magazine in Australia. He relinquished creating Diesel Dog cartoons for over 20 years and in 2011 was requested by Truckin' Life to being Diesel's creator once again.

In August 2013, the comic strip was reported to have stopped syndication in News Corporation papers in Australia as a cost saving measure, but remains syndicated elsewhere.

Swamp (album)

Swamp is the debut and only album from English songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley.

The album was released to commercial failure, where Swamp failed to make an appearance on the American Billboard 200 Albums Chart. A total of two singles were released from the album. "Love Me Like a Rock" was released in 1988 whilst "Listen" was released in 1989, and like the album were both commercially unsuccessful.

Swamp (song)

"Swamp" is a 1987 single by That Petrol Emotion.

Swamp (disambiguation)

A swamp is a wooded wetland.

Swamp or The Swamp may also refer to:

  • Swamp (comic strip), a comic strip by Gary Clark
  • "The Swamp" (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • The Swamp (Ireland), a summer replacement for The Den on RTÉ
  • Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP), Northern Ireland
  • The Swamp, a book by Bill Thomas
  • The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise (2006), a book by Michael Grunwald
  • The Swamp, a studio space associated with GWAR record label Slave Pit Inc.
  • "Swamp", a song by Talking Heads from Speaking in Tongues
  • "Swamp", a song by Northern Irish, London-based band That Petrol Emotion from the album Babble
  • Swamp music (disambiguation) or simply swamp, a type of American popular music
Places nicknamed The Swamp:
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the football stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville
  • Cajun Field, the football stadium at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Cypress Lake (Lafayette, Louisiana), also on the UL Lafayette campus
  • The surgical staff quarters tent which was home to some of the main characters in M*A*S*H

Usage examples of "swamp".

Strange that a fat old man who owned an alligator farm could convince any young woman to come work in the middle of a swamp.

Malarial swamps and sand dunes shifted alternately over the land as the twin rivers ran wild over the alluvial plain.

Under the direction of the Asiatic immigrants and of the eugineering science whose first home had been in the alluvial plain of Babylonia, they accomplished those great works of irrigation which confined the Nile to its present channel, which cleared away the jungle and the swamp that had formerly bordered the desert, and turned them into fertile fields.

There were all kinds of Guatemalan birds in cages along the passageways, and premonitory curlews, and swamp herons with long yellow legs, and a young stag who came in through the windows to eat the anthurium in the flowerpots.

Bay the weather worsened steadily, and at last it came to be a choice between battening down the hatches both forward and aft, or being incontinently swamped.

He had sent to say dat he war bery ill wid de swamp fever and like to die, dat he should not leabe de work as long as he libed, but hoped dat dey would send anoder man out to take on his work after his death.

But his worst adventure--he seemed shy in telling it--was when he was caught without snow-shoes in an early fall blizzard, and crossed unknowingly a bottomless half-frozen sphagnum swamp which heaved under his tread and made him vomit up his soul.

His friends, the old braggers and bastards and butchers, had made their living from the swamp, and the swamp now laid new foundations on their frames.

Swamped by brawling bodies, Jasmine the druid, never comfortable indoors, found herself stranded as a fish out of water.

The last dozen feet they had to move into the edge of the swamp to find cover at a brushless area next to the road.

By bringing forward his field-pieces, and drilling the swamp thickets with grape, he succeeded in expelling Horry, and clearing the way for his column.

They hauled black dirt from the cane fields and mixed it in the wagon with sheep manure and humus from the swamp, then filled the beds with it and planted roses, hibiscus, azalea bushes, windmill palms, hydrangeas and banana trees all around the house.

He paused behind a root tangle in thigh deep water and rotated his shields through infra, light gatherer, and magnifier, picking a course through the next section of swamp.

Lesbia, once married to a worthy man, such a man as Lord Hartfield, for instance, would soon rise to a higher level than that Belgravian swamp over which the malarian vapours of falsehood, and slander, and self-seeking, and prurient imaginings hang dense and thick.

Brought to the country centuries ago, as brutal savages from Africa, they had learned nothing of Christian civilization, except that it meant endless toil, in malarious swamps, under the lash of the taskmaster.