from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of a swarm.
  • n. A crime where an unsuspecting innocent bystander is attacked by several culprits at once, with no known motive.
  • v. Present participle of swarm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of moving in a swarm, as bees from a hive.
  • n. In botany, a method of reproduction observed in some of the Confervaceæ and Desmidiaceæ, in which the granules constituting the green matter become detached from one another and move about in their cells; then the external membrane swells and bursts, and the granules issue forth into the water to become new plants.


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  • For many, the answer has come in "swarming", a practice where hundreds of aliens line up on one side of the border, dozens of Border Patrol on the other, and everyone runs like hell, figuring that at least a few will get through.

    Between a rock and a hard place

  • With Santonio Holmes 'punt returns setting up two touchdown runs by Troy Smith, and the defense swarming from the second play on, the Buckeyes rolled over San Diego State 27-6 on Saturday. - Scores

  • Such swarming is most apt to occur on a warm, humid afternoon with little wind that in turn occurs 24 hours after at least a moderate rainfall.

    Ant Eaters

  • I thought Derrick McKey did a good job in swarming the basketball to take away the passer's vision, then he was able to get back and get his hands on Murray's shot.

    National Basketball Association - Pacers vs. Cavaliers

  • However, by the 1960s, new forms of covert regime change emerged along the lines that RAND studies called "swarming" - the idea being to develop social manipulation techniques or disruptive outbreaks short of wars or violent uprisings.


  • If you’re interested in swarming, I highly recommend this book along with Godin’s Tribes and Addison’s Movements that change the world.

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  • A camera tracks the wasps' movements, and those images are fed into a software program that measures food-searching behavior - what nonscientists would call swarming.

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  • When the fatal encounters occurred, the bees had been swarming, which is a time they're usually particularly docile. Dickson

  • Collectively, these are known as swarming algorithms.


  • We went over a basic introduction to trends that gave rise to "swarming," briefly touched the 7 key concepts of swarming (vision, intimacy, self-organization, transformation, openness, adaptability, and multiplication), and some frequently asked questions.

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