- Rhymes: -eɪl
swale (plural swales)
- A low tract of moist or marshy land.
- A long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach, running parallel to the coastline.
- A shallow troughlike depression that's created to carry water during rainstorms or snow melts; a drainage ditch.
- A shallow, usually grassy depression sloping downward from a plains upland meadow or level vegetated ridgetop.
- 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.
- (UK, dialect) A gutter in a candle.
long narrow and shallow trough between ridges on a beach
shallow troughlike depression created to carry water
shallow depression sloping downward from a meadow
- Alternative form of sweal (melt and waste away, or singe)