As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. and svaði, a, m. [sveðja], a slippery place, a slide, as of frozen ground with a half-thawed muddy surface; þá var þeyr, var svað (svaði, Fb. l. c.) á þelanum, Fms. viii. 393; svað (svaði C) var á vellinum, ok skriðnaði hann, Sturl. ii. 104; hestrinn skriðnaði á svadanum, iii. 141: metaph. phrase, var við svað um, at mart manna mundi drukna, it was on the slide, was imminent, that many people should be drowned, Mork. 92. In mod. usage svaði is chiefly used of slippery ledges of rock projecting into the sea, and washed by the tides.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᚢᛅᚦ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- l. c.
- loco citato.
- metaphorical, metaphorically.
Works & Authors cited:
- Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Morkinskinna. (E. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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