noun \ˈswrm\

: a very large number of insects moving together

Full Definition of SWARM

a :  a great number of honeybees emigrating together from a hive in company with a queen to start a new colony elsewhere
b :  a colony of honeybees settled in a hive
a :  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

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

Rhymes with SWARM



Definition of SWARM

intransitive verb
:  to form and depart from a hive in a swarm
a :  to move or assemble in a crowd :  throng
b :  to hover about in the manner of a bee in a swarm
:  to contain a swarm :  teem <swarming with bugs>
transitive verb
:  to fill with a swarm
:  to beset or surround in a swarm <players swarming the quarterback>
swarm·er noun

First Known Use of SWARM

14th century



Definition of SWARM

intransitive verb
:  to climb with the hands and feet; specifically :  shin <swarm up a pole>
transitive verb
:  to climb up :  mount

Origin of SWARM

origin unknown
First Known Use: 14th century


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