from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move through water by means of the limbs, fins, or tail.
- intransitive v. To move as though gliding through water.
- intransitive v. To float on water or another liquid.
- intransitive v. To be covered or flooded with or as if with a liquid: chicken swimming in gravy.
- intransitive v. To possess a superfluity; abound: After winning the lottery, she was swimming in money.
- intransitive v. To experience a floating or giddy sensation; be dizzy: "his brain still swimming with the effects of the last night's champagne” ( Robert Smith Surtees).
- intransitive v. To appear to spin or reel lazily: The room swam before my eyes.
- transitive v. To move through or across (a body of water) by swimming: She swam the channel.
- transitive v. To execute (a particular stroke) in swimming.
- transitive v. To cause to swim or float.
- n. The act of swimming.
- n. A period of time spent swimming.
- n. A gliding motion.
- n. A state of dizziness.
- n. An area, as of a river, abounding in fish.
- adj. Of, relating to, or used for swimming: a swim mask.
- idiom in the swim Active in the general current of affairs.
- idiom swim against the stream To move counter to a prevailing trend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To float.
- v. To move through the water, without touching the bottom; to propel oneself in water by natural means.
- v. To traverse (a specific body of water, or a specific distance) by swimming; or, to utilize a specific swimming stroke; or, to compete in a specific swimming event.
- v. To cause to swim.
- n. An act or instance of swimming.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming.
- n. The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.
- n. A part of a stream much frequented by fish.
- intransitive v. To be supported by water or other fluid; not to sink; to float.
- intransitive v. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail.
- intransitive v. To be overflowed or drenched.
- intransitive v. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid.
- intransitive v. To be filled with swimming animals.
- intransitive v. To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation.
- transitive v. To pass or move over or on by swimming.
- transitive v. To cause or compel to swim; to make to float.
- transitive v. To immerse in water that the lighter parts may float.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To float on or in water or other fluid.
- To move on or in water by natural means of locomotion, as an animal, many of which can so move, though the water be not their natural element, and swimming not their habit.
- Hence, to move or be propelled on or through water by any means.
- To glide with a smooth motion, literally or figuratively.
- To be flooded; be overflowed or drenched.
- To overflow; abound; have abundance.
- To pass or cross by swimming; move on or in by swimming: as, to swim a stream.
- To immerse in water, that the lighter parts may swim: as, to swim wheat for seed.
- To cause to swim or float: as, to swim a horse across a river.
- To furnish with sufficient depth of water to swim in.
- To be dizzy or vertiginous; have giddiness; have a sensation as if the head were turning round; also, to have, or appear to have, a whirling motion: as, everything swam before his eyes.
- In cricket, to curve in the air: said of the ball.
- n. The act of swimming; period or extent of swimming: as, to take a swim.
- n. A smooth swaying gliding motion.
- n. The sound or swimming-bladder of a fish.
- n. A part of a stream, or other piece of water, deep and free from rocks and other obstructions, and much frequented by fish.
- n. A dizziness; swoon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be covered with or submerged in a liquid
- v. travel through water
- n. the act of swimming
- v. be dizzy or giddy
- v. move as if gliding through water
- v. be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
"Water," said Tom; "swim -- _swim_ across" (he pointed southward and made the motions of swimming).
I could not swim; but one of the midshipmen offered to accompany me, stating that I need not be afraid, if I fell overboard, of sinking to the bottom, as if I was giddy, my head, at all events, _would swim_; so
I did not much like going up the rigging, because I was afraid of turning giddy, and if I fell overboard I could not swim; but one of the midshipmen offered to accompany me, stating that I need not be afraid, if I fell overboard, of sinking to the bottom, as, if I was giddy, my head at all events _would swim_; so I determined to venture.
*jumps into teh wadder – swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim swim*
I hope your swim is a relaxing one, and the shore definitely worth the wait.
They just hook em 'and let them swim from the boat to shore and they catch MONSTERS!
Taking a pup for its first swim is one of my favorite moments of raising a water dog.
Barefooted and clad only in swim trunks (it is too hot for clothing), my busy-bodied better half is mumbling something about cards ... cartes de visite.
Mexico, for example, performs poorly because everyone who can ran, jump, or swim is already in the U.S.
So this year we have one in swim team (practice 4x a week), one in gymnastics (2x a week), one Junior Girl Scout, one Cadette Girl Scout, one Tiger Scout, and one mixed sport class (thankfully only once a week).