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7 definitions found
 for swan
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swan \Swan\ (sw[o^]n), 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. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds
        belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the
        subfamily Cygninae. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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 ({Olor
           Columbianus), and the trumpeter swan ({Olor
           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.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted
        for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of
        Avon.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Astron.) The constellation Cygnus.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Swan+goose+(Zool.),+a+bird+of+India+({Cygnopsis+cygnoides">Swan goose (Zool.), a bird of India ({Cygnopsis cygnoides)
        resembling both the swan and the goose.
  
     Swan shot, a large size of shot used in fowling.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  swan
      n 1: stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and
           usually white plumage as adult
      v 1: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before
           God I swear I am innocent" [syn: 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" [syn: roll,
         wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble,
         rove, range, drift, vagabond]
      3: sweep majestically; "Airplanes were swanning over the
         mountains"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  66 Moby Thesaurus words for "swan":
     alabaster, avifauna, baby bird, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno,
     bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey,
     birdie, birdlife, birdy, cage bird, chalk, chick, cygnet,
     diving bird, dove, driven snow, eagle, eaglet, fish-eating bird,
     fledgling, fleece, flightless bird, flour, foam, fowl,
     fruit-eating bird, fulmar, game bird, insect-eating bird, ivory,
     lily, maggot, migrant, migratory bird, milk, nestling, oscine bird,
     owl, paper, passerine bird, peacock, peafowl, peahen, pearl,
     perching bird, pigeon, ratite, sea bird, seed-eating bird, sheet,
     shore bird, silver, snow, songbird, squab, storm petrel,
     stormy petrel, wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl,
     wildfowl
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  SWAN
         Secure WAN (RSA), "S/WAN"
         

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  SWAN
         Sun Wide Area Network (Sun, WAN)
         

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Swan
     mentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut.
     14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of
     Galilee.
     

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Swan, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
     Population (2000):    121
     Housing Units (2000): 40
     Land area (2000):     0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.647074 sq. miles (1.675914 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            76665
     Located within:       Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
     Location:             41.466268 N, 93.311197 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     50252
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Swan, IA
      Swan
  

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