Ditch vs. Swale - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Ditch

    A ditch is a small to moderate depression created to channel water. A ditch can be used for drainage, to drain water from low-lying areas, alongside roadways or fields, or to channel water from a more distant source for plant irrigation. Ditches are commonly seen around farmland, especially in areas that have required drainage, such as The Fens in eastern England and much of the Netherlands. Roadside ditches may provide a hazard to motorists and cyclists, whose vehicles may crash into them and get damaged, flipped over or stuck, especially in poor weather conditions, and in rural areas.

Wiktionary

  • Ditch (noun)

    A trench; a long, shallow indentation, as for irrigation or drainage.

    "Digging ditches has long been considered one of the most demanding forms of manual labor."

  • Ditch (noun)

    alternative form of deech

  • Ditch (verb)

    To discard or abandon.

    "Once the sun came out we ditched our rain-gear and started a campfire."

  • Ditch (verb)

    To deliberately crash-land an airplane on water.

    "When the second engine failed, the pilot was forced to ditch; their last location was just south of the Azores."

  • Ditch (verb)

    To deliberately not attend classes; to play hookey.

    "The truant officer caught Louise ditching with her friends, and her parents were forced to pay a fine."

  • Ditch (verb)

    To dig ditches.

    "Enclosure led to fuller winter employment in hedging and ditching."

  • Ditch (verb)

    To dig ditches around.

    "The soldiers ditched the tent to prevent flooding."

  • Ditch (verb)

    To throw into a ditch.

    "The engine was ditched and turned on its side."

  • Ditch (verb)

    alternative form of deech

  • Swale (noun)

    A low tract of moist or marshy land.

  • Swale (noun)

    A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.

  • Swale (noun)

    A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.

  • Swale (noun)

    A shallow, usually grassy depression sloping downward from a plains upland meadow or level vegetated ridgetop.

  • Swale (noun)

    A shallow trough dug into the land on contour (horizontally with no slope). Its purpose being to allow water time to percolate into the soil.

  • Swale (noun)

    A gutter in a candle.

  • Swale (verb)

    alternative form of sweal|nodot=yes(melt and waste away, or singe)

Webster Dictionary

  • Ditch (noun)

    A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a moat or a fosse.

  • Ditch (noun)

    Any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth.

  • Ditch

    To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land.

  • Ditch

    To surround with a ditch.

  • Ditch

    To throw into a ditch; as, the engine was ditched and turned on its side.

  • Ditch (verb)

    To dig a ditch or ditches.

  • Swale (noun)

    A valley or low place; a tract of low, and usually wet, land; a moor; a fen.

  • Swale (noun)

    A gutter in a candle.

  • Swale (verb)

    To melt and waste away; to singe. See Sweal, v.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Ditch (noun)

    a long narrow excavation in the earth

  • Ditch (noun)

    any small natural waterway

  • Ditch (verb)

    forsake;

    "ditch a lover"

  • Ditch (verb)

    throw away;

    "Chuck these old notes"

  • Ditch (verb)

    sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly;

    "The company dumped him after many years of service"

    "She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man"

  • Ditch (verb)

    make an emergency landing on water

  • Ditch (verb)

    crash or crash-land;

    "ditch a car"

    "ditch a plane"

  • Ditch (verb)

    cut a trench in, as for drainage;

    "ditch the land to drain it"

    "trench the fields"

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