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Meaning of SWARM

Pronunciation:  sworm

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a group of insects
  2. [n]  a moving crowd
  3. [v]  move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"
  4. [v]  be teeming, be abuzz; "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"
 

SWARM is a 5 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: drove, horde, pour, pullulate, pullulate, stream, teem, teem
 
 See Also: abound in, animal group, buzz, crawl, crowd, crowd, crowd together, hum, infestation, insect, plague, pour out, pullulate with, seethe, spill out, spill over, teem in

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Swarm\, v. i. [Cf. {Swerve}.]
    To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the
    arms and legs alternately. See {Shin}. [Colloq.]
    
          At the top was placed a piece of money, as a prize for
          those who could swarm up and seize it.   --W. Coxe.
    
    
  2. \Swarm\, n. [OE. swarm, AS. swearm; akin to D. zwerm, G.
    schwarm, OHG. swaram, Icel. svarmr a tumult, Sw. sv["a]rm a
    swarm, Dan. sv[ae]rm, and G. schwirren to whiz, to buzz, Skr.
    svar to sound, and perhaps to E. swear. [root]177. Cf.
    {Swerve}, {Swirl}.]
    1. A large number or mass of small animals or insects,
       especially when in motion. ``A deadly swarm of hornets.''
       --Milton.
    
    2. Especially, a great number of honeybees which emigrate
       from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the
       direction of a queen; a like body of bees settled
       permanently in a hive. ``A swarm of bees.'' --Chaucer.
    
    3. Hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in
       motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of
       meteorites.
    
             Those prodigious swarms that had settled themselves
             in every part of it [Italy].          --Addison.
    
    Syn: Multitude; crowd; throng.
    
    
  3. \Swarm\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swarmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Swarming}.]
    1. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; --
       said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in
       summer.
    
    2. To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to
       congregate in a multitude. --Chaucer.
    
    3. To be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings
       in motion.
    
             Every place swarms with soldiers.     --Spenser.
    
    4. To abound; to be filled (with). --Atterbury.
    
    5. To breed multitudes.
    
             Not so thick swarmed once the soil Bedropped with
             blood of Gorgon.                      --Milton.
    
    
  4. \Swarm\, v. t.
    To crowd or throng. --Fanshawe.
    
    
 

 

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