Definition of Swarm

1. Noun. A moving crowd.

Exact synonyms: Drove, Horde
Generic synonyms: Crowd

2. Verb. Be teeming, be abuzz. "The streets swarm with crowds"; "Her mind pullulated with worries"
Exact synonyms: Pullulate, Teem
Generic synonyms: Buzz, Hum, Seethe
Specialized synonyms: Crawl
Also: Teem In

3. Noun. A group of many things in the air or on the ground. "It discharged a cloud of spores"
Exact synonyms: Cloud
Generic synonyms: Group, Grouping
Member holonyms: Insect
Specialized synonyms: Infestation, Plague

4. Verb. Move in large numbers. "The crowds swarm in the streets"; "Beggars pullulated in the plaza"
Exact synonyms: Pour, Pullulate, Stream, Teem
Generic synonyms: Crowd, Crowd Together
Specialized synonyms: Pour Out, Spill Out, Spill Over
Derivative terms: Stream

Definition of Swarm

1. v. i. To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See Shin.

2. n. A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion.

3. v. i. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; -- said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer.

4. v. t. To crowd or throng.

Definition of Swarm

1. Noun. A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony. ¹

2. Noun. A mass of people or animals in turmoil. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To move as a '''swarm'''. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To teem, or be overrun with insects. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To fill a place as a '''swarm'''. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To overwhelm as by an opposing army. ¹

7. Verb. To climb by gripping with arms and legs. ¹

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Definition of Swarm

1. to move in a large group [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swarm

swarm (current term)
swarm spore
swarm spores

Literary usage of Swarm

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1. Geology by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Rollin D. Salisbury (1905)
"They are therefore liable to break up the initiating swarm by colliding with its members ... This contingency is especially great while the swarm is small, ..."

2. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"swarm-spore» of ... and »cap« of swarm-spores of Achlya proli/tra. ... of movement and of swarming about in water, whence they are called "swarm-spores". ..."

3. The Cultivator by New York State Agricultural Society (1847)
"have brought out the swarm. While examining a glass hive, ... When finished I predicated a swarm, (although none were crowded outside for want of room. ..."

4. English Mechanic and World of Science: With which are Incorporated "the (1883)
"This may be done, as A. Watkins says, in one of three ways :— Firstly, by buying, begging, or stealing a swarm ; secondly, by transferring an old stock ..."

5. The Heart of Oak Books by Kate Stephens, Charles Eliot Norton (1893)
"A swarm OF BEES. A swarm of bees in May Is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June Is worth a silver spoon; A swarm of bees in July Is not worth a fly. ..."

6. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"THE WOUNDED MAN, AND TUE swarm Of ... A wretched Lazar lay distressed ; A swarm of Hies his bleeding ulcer> tore, And on his putrid carcass feast. ..."

7. The Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck (1901)
"II THE swarm [9] TTI 7"E will now, so as to draw more » • closely to nature, consider the different episodes of the swarm as they come to pass in an ..."

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