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Originally a term used to describe a shallow pit used for drainage, the word has since gained popularity in the scientific community as a term of approval. As it, "Damn, that journal article you published sure is swale." It is now considered a synonym of cool in the scientific community.
"I can't wait to go the that swale convention on genetic engineering"

"John is definately the most swale doctoral candidate in this place."
by hampshire April 07, 2010
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(noun) A depression in the ground that carries water runoff.
A swale is often dug alongside or diagonally crossing a dirt road or foot trail to control erosion.
by Muheli October 09, 2009
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A shallow ditch used in fields for drainage, also known as an "inverted speed bump" when it crossed a driveway. Something you should not drive through faster than 20 kilometres an hour.
I bottomed out my dad's truck driving through that swale.
by LaylaLoveeee May 02, 2011
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A large family from the market town of St Ives in the South-East of England, although their seeds are suspected to have been sewn further afield as far as Willingham and March.

Often over-active on Facebook, the clan will often congregate around a specific status, often in aid of damning the mass populous of young mothers nationwide.
Swales 1: I can't believe 30k benefits...young mothers should be shot dead and their kids forced to clear the snow so that I can go and see Joey Essex at the box.

Swales 2: Yeh mate I can't believe they don't work for their dollars, not really a reem way to live life.
by ChaddyM99 February 09, 2012
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