swap n : an equal exchange; "we had no money so we had to live by barter" [syn: barter, swop, trade]
2 move (a piece of a program) into memory, in computer science [also: swops, swopping, swopped, swapping, swapped]
- Rhymes: -ɒp
EtymologyUncertain, probably from imitative origin.
- swop nonstandard
- An essentially equal exchange of two comparable things.
en equal exchange
- Finnish: vaihtokauppa
Swap can refer generically to the exchanging of one thing for another; see also Barter.