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swarm

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noun \ˈswȯrm\

Simple Definition of swarm

  • : a very large number of insects moving together

Full Definition of swarm

  1. 1a :  a great number of honeybees emigrating together from a hive in company with a queen to start a new colony elsewhereb :  a colony of honeybees settled in a hive

  2. 2a :  a large number of animate or inanimate things massed together and usually in motion :  throng <swarms of sightseers> <a swarm of locusts> <a swarm of meteors>b :  a number of similar geological features or phenomena close together in space or time <a swarm of dikes> <an earthquake swarm>

Examples of swarm

  1. <a swarm of tourists descends upon the island every summer>



Origin of swarm

Middle English, from Old English swearm; akin to Old High German swaram swarm and probably to Latin susurrus hum


First Known Use: before 12th century

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swarm

verb

Definition of swarm

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 :  to form and depart from a hive in a swarm

    2. 2a :  to move or assemble in a crowd :  throngb :  to hover about in the manner of a bee in a swarm

    3. 3 :  to contain a swarm :  teem <swarming with bugs>

    4. transitive verb
    5. 1 :  to fill with a swarm

    6. 2 :  to beset or surround in a swarm <players swarming the quarterback>

    swarm·er noun


    14th Century

    First Known Use of swarm

    14th century


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    swarm

    verb

    Definition of swarm

    1. intransitive verb
    2. :  to climb with the hands and feet; specifically :  shin <swarm up a pole>

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to climb up :  mount



    Origin of swarm

    origin unknown


    First Known Use: 14th century


    SWARM Defined for Kids

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    swarm

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    noun \ˈswȯrm\

    Definition of swarm

    1. 1 :  a large number of bees that leave a hive together to form a new colony elsewhere

    2. 2 :  a large number grouped together and usually in motion <a swarm of mosquitoes> <a swarm of tourists>




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    swarm

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    verb

    Definition of swarm

    swarmedswarm·ing

    1. 1 :  to form a swarm and leave the hive <swarming bees>

    2. 2 :  to move or gather in a large number <Shoppers swarmed into the stores.>

    3. 3 :  to be filled with a great number :  teem <“A-a-are there really ghosts in the attic?” … “It's just swarming with all sorts of ghosts …” — Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking>





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