Quicksand vs. Swamp

Quicksand vs. Swamp — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Quicksand and Swamp

Quicksandnoun

Sand that is mixed with water in a collected mass and yields easily to pressure so that objects on its surface tend to sink and become engulfed.

Swampnoun

An area of low-lying land that is frequently flooded, especially one dominated by woody plants.

Quicksandnoun

often quicksands A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible

"This theory of the future entrapped [them] in the quicksands of Vietnam" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

Swampnoun

A lowland region saturated with water.

Quicksandnoun

Wet sand that things readily sink in, often found near rivers or coasts

My feet were firmly lodged in the quicksand, and the more I struggled the more I sank into it.

Swampnoun

A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables

a financial swamp.

Quicksandnoun

Anything that pulls one down or buries one metaphorically

The quicksands of youth...

Swampverb

To drench in or cover with or as if with water.

Quicksandnoun

a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy

Swampverb

To inundate or burden; overwhelm

She was swamped with work.

Quicksandnoun

a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down

Swampverb

(Nautical) To fill (a ship or boat) with water to the point of sinking it.

Swampverb

To become full of water or sink.

Swampnoun

A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.

Swampnoun

A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.

Swampverb

To drench or fill with water.

The boat was swamped in the storm.

Swampverb

To overwhelm; to make too busy, or overrun the capacity of.

I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.

Swampverb

(figurative) To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.

Swampnoun

low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

Swampnoun

a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables;

he was trapped in a medical swamp

Swampverb

drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged;

The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor

Swampverb

fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid;

the basement was inundated after the stormThe images flooded his mind