swamps

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swamp \Swamp\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swamp \Swamp\, noun [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}. (Zool.) See {Redwing} (b) .

{Swamp cabbage} (Bot.), skunk cabbage.

{Swamp deer} (Zool.), an Asiatic deer ({Rucervus Duvaucelli}) of India.

{Swamp hen}. (Zool.) (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird ({Porphyrio bellus}); -- called also {goollema}. (b) An Australian water crake, or rail ({Porzana Tabuensis}); -- called also {little swamp hen}. (c) 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 ({Quercus bicolor}), swamp post oak ({Quercus lyrata}).

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

{Swamp partridge} (Zool.), any one of several Australian game birds of the genera {Synoicus} and {Excalfatoria}, allied to the European partridges.

{Swamp robin} (Zool.), the chewink.

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

{Swamp sparrow} (Zool.), a common North American sparrow ({Melospiza Georgiana}, or {Melospiza palustris}), closely resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy places.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swamp \Swamp\, verb (used without an object)

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

swamp

noun

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

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

verb

1: drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor" [syn: {swamp}, {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}, {swamp}]


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