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Swarm meaning

swarm - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. a group of many insects; " a swarm of insects obscured the light"; " a cloud of butterflies"
  2. 2. To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See Shin.
  3. 3. A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of meteorites.
  6. 6. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; -- said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer.
  7. 7. To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude.
  8. 8. To be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion.
  9. 9. To abound; to be filled ( with).
  10. 10. To breed multitudes.
  11. 11. To crowd or throng.
  12. 12. A cluster of insects, as bees; throng.
  13. 13. To gather as bees on leaving the hive; throng; abound.

swarm - examples of usage

  1. The Major must make a stand upon this, or the enemy will swarm over his entrenchments. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  2. These tiny little germs swarm everywhere; and the mere fact that we find bacteria in any place, or in any substance, is no proof whatever that we are in danger of catching some disease there. - "A Handbook of Health", Woods Hutchinson.
  3. Son, we're sendin' thousands of soldiers a day now- ships are buildin' fast- aeroplanes comin' like a swarm of bees- money for the government to burn- an' every American gettin' mad.... - "The Desert of Wheat", Zane Grey.
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