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swarm


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swarm  \Swarm\,  v.  t. 
  To  crowd  or  throng.  --Fanshawe. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swarm  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swarm  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swarm  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  swarm 
  n  1:  a  moving  crowd  [syn:  {drove},  {horde}] 
  2:  a  group  of  insects 
  v  1:  be  teeming,  be  abuzz  [syn:  {teem}] 
  2:  move  in  large  numbers;  "people  were  pouring  out  of  the 
  theater"  [syn:  {pour},  {stream}] 




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