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English Dictionary: swan by the DICT Development Group
4 results for swan
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
  1. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
    Synonym(s): affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear
  2. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
    Synonym(s): roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond
  3. sweep majestically; "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Swan \Swan\, 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[94]l.) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic
            birds belonging to {Cygnus}, {Olor}, and allied genera of
            the subfamily {Cygnin[91]}. They have a large and strong
            beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful
            movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are
            white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a
            melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
      Note: The European white, or mute, swan ({Cygnus gibbus}),
               which is most commonly domesticated, bends its neck in
               an S-shaped curve. The whistling, or trumpeting, swans
               of the genus {Olor} do not bend the neck in an S-shaped
               curve, and are noted for their loud and sonorous cry,
               due to complex convolutions of the windpipe. To this
               genus belong the European whooper, or whistling swan
               ({Olor cygnus}), the American whistling swan ({O.
               Columbianus}), and the trumpeter swan ({O.
               buccinator}). The Australian black swan ({Chenopis
               atrata}) is dull black with white on the wings, and has
               the bill carmine, crossed with a white band. It is a
               very graceful species and is often domesticated. The
               South American black-necked swan ({Sthenelides
               melancorypha}) is a very beautiful and graceful
               species, entirely white, except the head and neck,
               which are dark velvety seal-brown. Its bill has a
               double bright rose-colored knob.
      2. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted
            for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of
      3. (Astron.) The constellation Cygnus.
      {Swan goose} (Zo[94]l.), a bird of India ({Cygnopsis
            cygnoides}) resembling both the swan and the goose.
      {Swan shot}, a large size of shot used in fowling.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Swan, IA (city, FIPS 76665)
      Location: 41.46561 N, 93.30942 W
      Population (1990): 76 (33 housing units)
      Area: 1.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 50252

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      mentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut.
      14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of
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