Swim
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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