Swarm
Swarm Swarm, n. [OE. swarm, AS. swearm; akin to D. zwerm, G. schwarm, OHG. swaram, Icel. svarmr a tumult, Sw. sv["a]rm a swarm, Dan. sv[ae]rm, and G. schwirren to whiz, to buzz, Skr. svar to sound, and perhaps to E. swear. [root]177. Cf. {Swerve}, {Swirl}.] 1. A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion. ``A deadly swarm of hornets.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. ``A swarm of bees.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of meteorites. [1913 Webster]

Those prodigious swarms that had settled themselves in every part of it [Italy]. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Multitude; crowd; throng. [1913 Webster]


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  • SWARM — (engl. Schwarm) ist der Name einer Satellitenmission der ESA. Der Start ist für vor Mitte 2012[1] geplant. Sie ist Teil des Programms Earth Explorer Mission. Dabei werden drei identische Satelliten mit einer Masse von 500 kg[2] zusammenarbeiten.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • SWARM — Caractéristiques Organisation ESA Domaine Etude du champ magnétique terrestre Masse 3 satellites de quelques centaines de kg Lancement 2012 Durée de vie 4 ans Orbite …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Swarm — (engl. Schwarm) ist der Name einer für das Jahr 2011 geplanten Satellitenmission der ESA. Sie ist Teil des Programms Earth Explorer Mission. Es werden dabei drei identische Satelliten mit einer Masse von 200–400 kg zusammen arbeiten. Sie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • swarm — ► NOUN 1) a large or dense group of flying insects. 2) a large number of honeybees that leave a hive with a queen in order to establish a new colony. 3) a large group of people or things. ► VERB 1) move in or form a swarm. 2) (swarm with) be… …   English terms dictionary

  • swarm — swarm1 [swôrm] n. [ME < OE swearm, akin to Ger schwarm, prob. < IE base * swer , to buzz > L susurrare, to hiss, whisper, sorex, Gr hyrax, shrew] 1. a large number of bees, led by a queen, leaving one hive for another to start a new… …   English World dictionary

  • Swarm — Swarm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swarmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swarming}.] 1. To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer. [1913 Webster] 2. To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swarm — Swarm, v. i. [Cf. {Swerve}.] To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See {Shin}. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] At the top was placed a piece of money, as a prize for those who could swarm up and seize it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swarm — ‘group of insects’ [OE] and swarm ‘climb’ [16] are distinct words. The former comes from a prehistoric Germanic *swarmaz, which also produced German schwarm, and is closely related to Dutch swerm, Swedish svärm, and Danish sværm. It may go back… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • swarm — ‘group of insects’ [OE] and swarm ‘climb’ [16] are distinct words. The former comes from a prehistoric Germanic *swarmaz, which also produced German schwarm, and is closely related to Dutch swerm, Swedish svärm, and Danish sværm. It may go back… …   Word origins

  • Swarm — Swarm, v. t. To crowd or throng. Fanshawe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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