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Meaning of SWARM

Pronunciation:  sworm

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.''
    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
             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.
    1. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; --
       said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in
    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.