Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Swimming; overflowing; afloat.

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Examples

  • Paris was aswim with non-stop demonstrations until the government acquiesced to the demands of the students, and was allowed to stand.

    Mitchell J. Rabin: As the World Crumbles, I Mean Turns...

  • Paris was aswim with non-stop demonstrations until the government acquiesced to the demands of the students, and was allowed to stand.

    Mitchell J. Rabin: As the World Crumbles, I Mean Turns...

  • He was aswim in darkness, a thick, torpid presence that pressed up against him, obstructing sight and sound.

    Masked

  • He was aswim in darkness, a thick, torpid presence that pressed up against him, obstructing sight and sound.

    Masked

  • He felt a measure of detachment from the matters at hand, his eyes slightly aswim in the agreeable yield of a long liquid lunch.

    Underworld

  • He felt a measure of detachment from the matters at hand, his eyes slightly aswim in the agreeable yield of a long liquid lunch.

    Underworld

  • He felt a measure of detachment from the matters at hand, his eyes slightly aswim in the agreeable yield of a long liquid lunch.

    Underworld

  • When a fish or shellfish is served in a generous quantity of its cooking liquid, however supplemented with other ingredients, the French fittingly call it a preparation à la nage, or “aswim.”

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • When a fish or shellfish is served in a generous quantity of its cooking liquid, however supplemented with other ingredients, the French fittingly call it a preparation à la nage, or “aswim.”

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Instead he looked to our own Greek diet — our eggplant aswim in tomato sauce, our cucumber dressings and fish-egg spreads, our pilafi, raisins, and figs — as potential curatives, as life-giving, artery-cleansing, skin-smoothing wonder drugs.

    Middlesex

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  • "'...the Doctor himself says it is a trifle, and I never felt it at the time—a pike-thrust, a glancing pike-thrust. We suffered very little. But God's my life, how they did maul one another, Spartan and Azul; as bloody a little engagement as ever I saw—the gundecks of both were aswim with blood. Aswim.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 106

    February 29, 2008

  • Instead he looked at our own Greek diet—our eggplant aswim in tomato sauce, our cucumber dressings and fish-egg spreads, our pilafi, raisins, and figs—as potential curatives, as life-giving, artery-cleansing, skin-smoothing wonder drugs.

    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 287

    August 17, 2008