a dam on the Nile forming a reservoir (Lake Nasser) extending 480 km (300 miles) from the First to the Third Cataracts: opened in 1971, it was built 6 km (4 miles) upstream from the old Aswan Dam (built in 1902 and twice raised). Height of dam: 109 m (365 ft)
filled, as by objects, organisms, etc., especially in motion; teeming (usually used predicatively): The garden was aswarm with bees; a night sky aswarm with stars. Historical Examples It was noon, and as they emerged from the dark hallway which led into the main street to the north, the sidewalks were aswarm. The Rich Little Poor […]
moving in a pattern or motion: dancers aswirl to the waltz music.
being in a swoon: the duchess aswoon on the couch in despair.
(especially formerly) an institution for the maintenance and care of the mentally ill, orphans, or other persons requiring specialized assistance. an inviolable refuge, as formerly for criminals and debtors; sanctuary: He sought asylum in the church. International Law. a refuge granted an alien by a sovereign state on its own territory. a temporary refuge granted […]