Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

swarm

play
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

Other Insect Terms

Rhymes with swarm


2

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


    3

    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



    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up swarm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    WORD OF THE DAY

    February 7, 2016

    a slight offense

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    WORD GAMES

    Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

    image1037863653

    Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

    pince-nez spindrift duvet kittly-benders
    Name That Thing

    10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    SCRABBLE® Sprint

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

    TAKE THE QUIZ