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1swarm

noun \ˈswrm\

: a very large number of insects moving together

Full Definition of SWARM

1
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
2
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

2swarm

verb

Definition of SWARM

intransitive verb
1
:  to form and depart from a hive in a swarm
2
a :  to move or assemble in a crowd :  throng
b :  to hover about in the manner of a bee in a swarm
3
:  to contain a swarm :  teem <swarming with bugs>
transitive verb
1
:  to fill with a swarm
2
:  to beset or surround in a swarm <players swarming the quarterback>
swarm·er noun

First Known Use of SWARM

14th century

3swarm

verb

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
SWARMING Defined for Kids

1swarm

noun \ˈswrm\

Definition of SWARM for Kids

1
:  a large number of bees that leave a hive together to form a new colony elsewhere
2
:  a large number grouped together and usually in motion <a swarm of mosquitoes> <a swarm of tourists>

2swarm

verb
swarmedswarm·ing

Definition of SWARM for Kids

1
:  to form a swarm and leave the hive <swarming bees>
2
:  to move or gather in a large number <Shoppers swarmed into the stores.>
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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