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  • n. The neck.
  • n. A hollow between two hills or peaks, especially with a road running through it; a vale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The neck.
  • n. A depression on the crest of a mountain or hill; a hollow between two hills. Also written swyre, sware.


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Old English swēora, from Germanic.


  • In ward wary the watcher hearing come that man mildhearted eft rising with swire ywimpled to him her gate wide undid.


  • As he approached the swire at the head of the dell -- that little delightful verge from which in one moment the eastern limits and shores of Lothian arise on the view -- as he approached it, I say, and a little space from the height, he beheld, to his astonishment, a bright halo in the cloud of haze, that rose in a semicircle over his head like a pale rainbow.

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  • While some to bare hilltops aspire

    And others scale cliffs of desire,

    The sage wisely seeks

    The way between peaks

    And tranquilly travels the swire.

    May 10, 2016