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swarm 1

 (swôrm)
n.
1. A large number of insects or other small organisms, especially when in motion.
2. A group of bees, social wasps, or ants, when migrating with a queen to establish a new colony.
3. An aggregation of persons or animals, especially when in turmoil or moving in mass: A swarm of friends congratulated him.
4. A number of similar geologic phenomena or features occurring closely within a given period or place: a swarm of earthquakes.
v. swarmed, swarm·ing, swarms
v.intr.
1.
a. To move or emerge in a swarm.
b. To leave a hive as a swarm. Used of bees.
2. To move or gather in large numbers: Shoppers have swarmed into the mall.
3. To be overrun; teem: a riverbank swarming with insects. See Synonyms at teem1.
v.tr.
To fill with a crowd: sailors swarming the ship's deck.

[Middle English, group of bees, from Old English swearm.]

swarm′er n.

swarm 2

 (swôrm)
v. swarmed, swarm·ing, swarms
v.intr.
To climb by gripping with the arms and legs.
v.tr.
To climb (something) in this manner.

[Origin unknown.]

swarm

(swɔːm)
n
1. (Zoology) a group of social insects, esp bees led by a queen, that has left the parent hive in order to start a new colony
2. (Zoology) a large mass of small animals, esp insects
3. a throng or mass, esp when moving or in turmoil
vb
4. (Zoology) (intr) (of small animals, esp bees) to move in or form a swarm
5. (intr) to congregate, move about or proceed in large numbers
6. (when: intr, often foll by with) to overrun or be overrun (with): the house swarmed with rats.
7. (tr) to cause to swarm
[Old English swearm; related to Old Norse svarmr uproar, Old High German swaram swarm]

swarm

(swɔːm)
vb
(when: intr, usually foll by up) to climb (a ladder, etc) by gripping with the hands and feet: the boys swarmed up the rigging.
[C16: of unknown origin]

swarm1

(swɔrm)

n.
1. a body of honeybees that emigrate from a hive and fly off together, accompanied by a queen, to start a new colony.
2. a body of bees settled together, as in a hive.
3. a great number of things or persons moving together.
4. an aggregation of free-floating or free-swimming cells or organisms.
5. a cluster of similar geologic phenomena or features, as a series of earthquakes of nearly equal intensity.
v.i.
6. to fly off together in a swarm, as bees.
7. to move about or along in great numbers.
8. to congregate or occur in large groups or multitudes.
9. (of a place) to abound or teem: a beach swarming with children.
v.t.
10. to swarm over or in; overrun.
[before 900; Old English swearm, c. Old High German swarm Old Norse svarmr tumult]
swarm′er, n.
syn: See crowd1.

swarm2

(swɔrm)

v.t., v.i.
to climb by clasping with the legs and drawing oneself up with the hands; shin.
[1540–50; orig. uncertain]

Swarm

 a large number of small animals or insects, usually in motion; throngs of people or things, sometimes of an irritating or annoying nature.
Examples: swarm of adders, 1569; of fair advantages, 1596; of the Anti-Christ, 1549; of ants; of bees, 1300; of bishops, 1553; of their demands, 1785; of dust, 1890; of eels; of fireflies, 1842; of flies, 1560; of folk, 1423; of footmen, 1542; of fowl, 1600; of fry, 1780; of gnats—Brewer; of heretics, 1581; of hornets; of horsemen, 1542; of insects; of locusts, 1684; of meteorites; of ministers of Christ, 1685; of sins, 1582; of tiger, 1600; of vessels, 1698; of wasps.

swarm


Past participle: swarmed
Gerund: swarming

Imperative
swarm
swarm
Present
I swarm
you swarm
he/she/it swarms
we swarm
you swarm
they swarm
Preterite
I swarmed
you swarmed
he/she/it swarmed
we swarmed
you swarmed
they swarmed
Present Continuous
I am swarming
you are swarming
he/she/it is swarming
we are swarming
you are swarming
they are swarming
Present Perfect
I have swarmed
you have swarmed
he/she/it has swarmed
we have swarmed
you have swarmed
they have swarmed
Past Continuous
I was swarming
you were swarming
he/she/it was swarming
we were swarming
you were swarming
they were swarming
Past Perfect
I had swarmed
you had swarmed
he/she/it had swarmed
we had swarmed
you had swarmed
they had swarmed
Future
I will swarm
you will swarm
he/she/it will swarm
we will swarm
you will swarm
they will swarm
Future Perfect
I will have swarmed
you will have swarmed
he/she/it will have swarmed
we will have swarmed
you will have swarmed
they will have swarmed
Future Continuous
I will be swarming
you will be swarming
he/she/it will be swarming
we will be swarming
you will be swarming
they will be swarming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swarming
you have been swarming
he/she/it has been swarming
we have been swarming
you have been swarming
they have been swarming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swarming
you will have been swarming
he/she/it will have been swarming
we will have been swarming
you will have been swarming
they will have been swarming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swarming
you had been swarming
he/she/it had been swarming
we had been swarming
you had been swarming
they had been swarming
Conditional
I would swarm
you would swarm
he/she/it would swarm
we would swarm
you would swarm
they would swarm
Past Conditional
I would have swarmed
you would have swarmed
he/she/it would have swarmed
we would have swarmed
you would have swarmed
they would have swarmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swarm - a moving crowdswarm - a moving crowd      
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
2.swarm - a group of many things in the air or on the ground; "a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "clouds of blossoms"; "it discharged a cloud of spores"
group, grouping - any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
infestation, plague - a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers"
Verb1.swarm - be teeming, be abuzz; "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"
seethe, hum, buzz - be noisy with activity; "This office is buzzing with activity"
crawl - be full of; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
2.swarm - move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"
crowd together, crowd - to gather together in large numbers; "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"
spill out, spill over, pour out - be disgorged; "The crowds spilled out into the streets"

swarm

noun
1. multitude, crowd, mass, army, host, drove, flock, herd, horde, myriad, throng, shoal, concourse, bevy A swarm of people encircled the hotel.
verb
1. crowd, flock, throng, mass, stream, congregate People swarmed to the shops, buying up everything in sight.
2. teem, crawl, be alive, abound, bristle, be overrun, be infested Within minutes the area was swarming with officers.

swarm

noun
1. An enormous number of persons gathered together:
2. A very large number of things grouped together:
verb
1. To come or go in large numbers:
2. To be abundantly filled or richly supplied:
Translations
حَشْدٌ مِن، عَدَد كَبير مِنسِرْب من النَّحْلسِرْب، عَدَد كَبيرمَليء بِ، يَعِجُّ بِيَتَدَفَّق بأعْدادٍ كَبيرَه
rojrojit sespoustavyrojit sebýt plný
sværmsværmevrimleflokmyldre
kiivetälaumaparvivyöryävyöryttää
hordakirajzikrajrajziksokaság
fljúga í hóp, svermaflykkjast, hópastmergî, skarimora, vera fullur afsveimur, urmull, mor, ger
knibždėtiminios
barsdrūzmētiesmudžētpūlī dotiespūlis
byť plnýrojiť savyrojiť sa
mrgoletirojvaliti se
akın akın gitmekakın etmekdolup taşmakkümesioğul vermek

swarm

1 [swɔːm]
A. N [of bees, mosquitoes] → enjambre m; [of people] → multitud f
there were swarms of peoplehabía (una) multitud de gente
they came in swarmsvinieron en tropel
B. VI [bees] → enjambrar
Stratford is swarming with touristsStratford está plagado de turistas
journalists swarmed around herlos periodistas se arremolinaban alrededor de ella
children swarmed all over the carhabía niños pululando alrededor del coche

swarm

2 [swɔːm] VI to swarm up a tree/ropetrepar rápidamente por un árbol/una cuerda

swarm

[ˈswɔːrm]
n
[bees, locusts] → essaim m
[people] → nuée f
vi
[bees, locusts] → se regrouper en masse
[people] → fourmiller, grouiller
They swarmed across the bridge
BUT Ils ont déferlé de l'autre côté du pont.
to be swarming with people → grouiller de monde
The White House was swarming with security men → La Maison Blanche grouillait d'agents de sécurité.

swarm

n (of insects, birds)Schwarm m; (of people also)Schar f; the sightseeers came in swarmsdie Touristen kamen scharenweise or in Scharen
vi (bees, flies, people)schwärmen; the place was swarming with insects/peoplees wimmelte von Insekten/Leuten; the main street was swarming (with people) (inf)auf der Hauptstraße herrschte Hochbetrieb (inf); tourists were swarming everywherees wimmelte überall von Touristen; children swarmed all round the carKinder schwärmten um das Auto herum

swarm

1 [swɔːm]
1. n (of bees, flying insects) → sciame m; (of crawling insects) → schiera, esercito (fig) (of tourists) → sciame m, frotta, stuolo
swarm of ants → formicaio
in swarms (fig) → a frotte
2. vi (bees) → sciamare
to swarm about (crawling insects, people) → brulicare
to swarm in/out → entrare/uscire a frotte
to swarm with (people, insects) → brulicare di

swarm

2 [swɔːm] vi to swarm up a tree/ropearrampicarsi su un albero/su per una corda

swarm

(swoːm) noun
1. a great number (of insects or other small creatures) moving together. a swarm of ants.
2. (often in plural) a great number or crowd. swarms of people.
verb
1. (of bees) to follow a queen bee in a swarm.
2. to move in great numbers. The children swarmed out of the school.
3. to be full of moving crowds. The Tower of London was swarming with tourists.
References in classic literature ?
In the alley the grey cat crouched behind barrels filled with torn paper and broken bottles above which flew a black swarm of flies.
cried Robert, in an excited and irritable tone, with the air of a man defending himself against a swarm of stinging insects.
The elm, however, made a pleasant, cheerful, sunny sigh, responsive to the breeze that was elsewhere imperceptible; a swarm of insects buzzed merrily under its drooping shadow, and became specks of light whenever they darted into the sunshine; a locust sang, once or twice, in some inscrutable seclusion of the tree; and a solitary little bird, with plumage of pale gold, came and hovered about Alice's Posies.
There used to be a swarm of these small apparitions in holiday time, and we called them children of the Lord of Misrule.
Having the advantage of her in altitude, the driver had stood his ground and even ventured to attempt to speak; and the result had been a furious altercation, which, continuing all the way down Ashland Avenue, had added a new swarm of urchins to the cortege at each side street for half a mile.
All those trying hours whilst I was frozen and yet was in a living fire, as you may say, on account of that swarm of crawlers, that same unanswerable question kept circling and circling through my tired head: How do people stand this miserable armor?
At the point which I had reached in a preceding paragraph of this account, the situation was as follows: two horses lay dying; the bull had scattered his persecutors for the moment, and stood raging, panting, pawing the dust in clouds over his back, when the man that had been wounded returned to the ring on a remount, a poor blindfolded wreck that yet had something ironically military about his bearing - and the next moment the bull had ripped him open and his bowls were dragging upon the ground: and the bull was charging his swarm of pests again.
Then the people begun to holler at him and make fun of him, and that made him mad, and he begun to rip and tear; so that stirred up the people, and a lot of men begun to pile down off of the benches and swarm towards the ring, saying, "Knock him down
There's always a few millions or billions of young folks around who don't want any better entertainment than to fill up their lungs and swarm out with their torches and have a high time over a barkeeper.
He entered the church, now, with a swarm of clean and noisy boys and girls, proceeded to his seat and started a quarrel with the first boy that came handy.
We had been in jail scarcely twenty minutes, when a swarm of slave traders, and agents for slave traders, flocked into jail to look at us, and to as- certain if we were for sale.
In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.