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English noun: swan

1. swan (animal) stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

Broader (hypernym)aquatic bird

Narrower (hyponym)black swan, cob, coscoroba, cygnet, Cygnus atratus, Cygnus buccinator, Cygnus columbianus, Cygnus cygnus, Cygnus olor, mute swan, pen, trumpeter, trumpeter swan, tundra swan, whooper, whooper swan

Part holonymswan's down

Member meronymAnatidae, family Anatidae

English verb: swan

1. swan (communication) to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

SamplesBefore God I swear I am innocent.

ExamplesThey swan that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsaffirm, assert, aver, avow, swear, verify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)assure, attest, claim, declare, hold, protest, take, tell

2. swan (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymscast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, tramp, vagabond, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

3. swan (motion) sweep majestically

SamplesAirplanes were swanning over the mountains.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)sail, sweep

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