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    sweeps and swelters

    Could you please provide a rough gloss on this? "This there was no great difficulty in doing; for thesmack flew round steadily enough, and upon an even keel only swaying to and fro, with the immense sweeps and
    swelters of the whirl."

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    Re: sweeps and swelters

    Dear Mher
    I'm glad to see that you are reading a book about sailing in olden times, but - as you have already realised, given the many similar queries you have recently submitted - such topics have their own particular vocabulary and style of writing which can be very hard to translate into "landlubbers'" terms. Even for those of us who have a fair understanding of these matters, it can be difficult to work out the meaning of particular passages without access to much more of the context than you have been providing.
    In this particular case, the writer is referring either to large (immense sweeps) or small and intermittent (swelters) changes of the wind and water (waves/current?) which may also be reflected in movements of the sails.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: sweeps and swelters

    Dear Grumpy,
    I really appreciate your help. I am not only reading an essay (Edgar Poe), but also translating it into Armenian. That is why I have been asking so many questions. Otherwise, I would not have gone so deep into details.

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