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Definition 1: stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult - [noun denoting animal]

(swan is a kind of ...) wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water

(... is a kind of swan ) large Australian swan having black plumage and a red bill

(... is a kind of swan ) large pure white wild swan of western North America having a sonorous cry

(... is a kind of swan ) swan that nests in tundra regions of the New and Old Worlds

(... is a kind of swan ) common Old World swan noted for its whooping call

(... is a kind of swan ) soundless Eurasian swan; commonly domesticated

(... is a kind of swan ) a young swan

(... is a kind of swan ) female swan

(... is a kind of swan ) adult male swan

(... is a kind of swan ) large white South American bird intermediate in some respects between ducks and swans

(swan is a part of ...) down of the swan

(... is a member of swan) swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks

Definition 2: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true - [verb of communication]

Samples where swan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Before God I swear I am innocent

Synonyms for swan in the sense of this definition

(swan is a kind of ...) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

(... is a kind of swan ) assert or affirm

"Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

(... is a kind of swan ) lay claim to; as of an idea

"She took credit for the whole idea"

(... is a kind of swan ) authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity

"I attest this signature"

(... is a kind of swan ) state firmly

"He declared that he was innocent"

(... is a kind of swan ) affirm or avow formally or solemnly

"The suspect protested his innocence"

(... is a kind of swan ) inform positively and with certainty and confidence

"I tell you that man is a crook!"

Definition 3: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment - [verb of motion]

Samples where swan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for swan in the sense of this definition

(swan is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of swan ) wander aimlessly

(... is a kind of swan ) wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

(swan has a similar meaning as ...) wander from a direct course or at random

"The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her" "don't drift from the set course"

(swan has a similar meaning as ...) go via an indirect route or at no set pace

"After dinner, we wandered into town"

Definition 4: sweep majestically - [verb of motion]

Samples where swan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Airplanes were swanning over the mountains

(swan is a kind of ...) move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

"The diva swept into the room" "Shreds of paper sailed through the air" "The searchlights swept across the sky"

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