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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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