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swarm

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noun \ˈswȯrm\

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 meteorsb :  a number of similar geological features or phenomena close together in space or time a swarm of dikes an earthquake swarm

Examples of swarm in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of swarm

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

Other Insect Terms


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swarm

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Definition of swarm

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form and depart from a hive in a swarm

  3. 2a :  to move or assemble in a crowd :  throngb :  to hover about in the manner of a bee in a swarm

  4. 3 :  to contain a swarm :  teem swarming with bugs

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to fill with a swarm

  7. 2 :  to beset or surround in a swarm players swarming the quarterback

swarmer

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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 and Etymology of swarm

origin unknown


SWARM Defined for English Language Learners

swarm

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Definition of swarm for English Language Learners

  • : a very large number of insects moving together


SWARM Defined for Kids

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swarm

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noun \ˈswȯrm\

Definition of swarm for Students

  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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Definition of swarm for Students

swarmed

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swarming

  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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