1) The space covered by a sweep of a mower’s scythe.

1642 A goode Mower will ... take a broade lande and more att 4 sweathes and ... yow shall scarce perceive his sweath-balke, Elmswell. It was used as a measure for a division of a meadow: 1348 ‘all her meadow in the great meadow of Walton, namely one swath at le nuhengthorne, two swaths in Lefall and a share of a swath in le Drihalges’, Chevet

1664 all those sixteene swaithes of meadowe-ground lyeing within the lordshippe of Cropton.

dates 1348 1642 1664

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