Swam
Swim Swim, v. i. [imp. {Swam}or {Swum}; p. p. {Swum}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swimming}.] [AS. swimman; akin to D. zwemmen, OHG. swimman, G. schwimmen, Icel. svimma, Dan. sw["o]mme, Sw. simma. Cf. {Sound} an air bladder, a strait.] 1. To be supported by water or other fluid; not to sink; to float; as, any substance will swim, whose specific gravity is less than that of the fluid in which it is immersed. [1913 Webster]

2. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail. [1913 Webster]

Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To be overflowed or drenched. --Ps. vi. 6. [1913 Webster]

Sudden the ditches swell, the meadows swim. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid. [1913 Webster]

[They] now swim in joy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To be filled with swimming animals. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

[Streams] that swim full of small fishes. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swam — Swam, imp. of {Swim}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swam — [swam] vi., vt. pt. of SWIM1 & SWIM2 …   English World dictionary

  • swam — /swam/, v. pt. of swim. * * * …   Universalium

  • swam — [swæm] the past tense of ↑swim 1 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swam — the past tense of swim1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • SWAM — past of SWIM. * * * Etymology: Middle English (past), from Old English swamm (past) past and chiefly dialect past part of swim * * * /swam/, v. pt. of swim. * * * swam /swam/ pat (and …   Useful english dictionary

  • swam — [[t]swæ̱m[/t]] Swam is the past tense of swim …   English dictionary

  • swam — /swæm / (say swam) verb past tense of swim …   Australian English dictionary

  • swam — past of swim …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swam — swɪm n. instance of swimming; period of time spent swimming v. propel oneself through water using the arms and legs; float on the surface of a liquid; be flooded with, be immersed in; appear to spin or whirl; feel dizzy; cause to move through… …   English contemporary dictionary

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