American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large number of insects or other small organisms, especially when in motion.
- n. A group of bees with a queen bee in migration to establish a new colony. See Synonyms at flock1.
- n. An aggregation of persons or animals, especially when in turmoil or moving in mass: A swarm of friends congratulated him.
- n. A number of similar geologic phenomena or features occurring closely within a given period or place: a swarm of earthquakes.
- v. To move or emerge in a swarm.
- v. To leave a hive as a swarm. Used of bees.
- v. To move or gather in large numbers.
- v. To be overrun; teem: a riverbank swarming with insects. See Synonyms at teem1.
- v. To fill with a crowd: sailors swarming the ship's deck.
- v. To climb by gripping with the arms and legs.
- v. To climb (something) in this manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large number or body of insects or other small creatures, particularly when moving in a confused mass.
- n. Especially, a cluster or great number of honey-bees which emigrate from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the direction of a queen; also, a like body of bees settled permanently in a hive.
- n. In general, a great number or multitude; particularly, a multitude of people in motion: often used of inanimate objects: as, a swarm of meteors.
- n. Synonyms Crowd, throng, cluster.
- To move in a swarm or in large numbers, as insects and other small creatures; specifically, to collect and depart from a hive by flight in a body, as bees.
- To appear or come together in a crowd or confused multitude; congregate or throng in multitudes; crowd together with confused movements.
- To be crowded; be overrun; be thronged with a multitude; abound; be filled with a number or crowd of objects.
- To breed multitudes.
- To crowd or throng.
- To cause to breed in swarms.
- To climb a tree, pole, or the like by embracing it with the arms and legs; shin: often with up.
- To climb, as a tree, by embracing it with the arms and legs, and scrambling up.
- n. A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony.
- n. A mass of people or animals in turmoil.
- v. intransitive To move as a swarm.
- v. intransitive To teem, or be overrun with insects.
- v. transitive To fill a place as a swarm.
- v. transitive To overwhelm as by an opposing army.
- v. To climb by gripping with arms and legs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. colloq. To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See shin.
- n. A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion.
- n. 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.
- n. Hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects.
- v. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; -- said of bees.
- v. To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude.
- v. To be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion.
- v. To abound; to be filled (with).
- v. To breed multitudes.
- v. To crowd or throng.
- v. move in large numbers
- n. a group of many things in the air or on the ground
- v. be teeming, be abuzz
- n. a moving crowd
- From Middle English swarmen, swermen, from Old English swierman ("to swarm"), from Proto-Germanic *swarmijanan (“to swarm”). Cognate with Scots swairm, swerm ("to swarm"), Dutch zwermen ("to swarm"), German schwärmen ("to swarm"), Danish sværme ("to swarm"), Swedish svärma ("to swarm"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, group of bees, from Old English swearm.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Talk about bringing new meaning to the term "swarm ball.”
“They talk a lot about their “research” and “insights,” but pretty much a swarm is the same with a 4e statblock.”
“Just a short video to demonstrate how the different bee types in the game are used together in the game, and give some idea of how your swarm is controlled.”
“The 13th characteristic of a swarm is its connectedness to the broader world.”
“Some of the pellets look bigger and blurrier than the others because they're out of focus — they're trailing behind the main swarm, and they will continue to fall farther and farther behind.”
“During their flight, another Husker swarm is discovered to in their direct path.”
“Eventually new queens and males swarm from the nests and mate.”
“This raises the potential for large numbers of Serafinas to be deployed, travelling together in swarm formation, like a school of fish.”
““The striking characteristic of the swarm is its sensitive responsiveness,” says Robin Higgins, a pianist and singer who has played more than a dozen pieces with the “swarm music.””
“Each element of a mob or swarm is appropriated by something outside, something else.”
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