verb (used without object), swam, swum, swimming.
to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc.
to float on the surface of water or some other liquid.
to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water.
to move, glide, or go smoothly over a surface.
to be immersed or steeped in or overflowing or flooded with a liquid:
eyes swimming with tears.
to be dizzy or giddy; seem to whirl:
My head began to swim.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swimming.
to move along in or cross (a body of water) by swimming:
to swim a lake.
to perform (a particular stroke) in swimming:
to swim a sidestroke.
to cause to swim or float, as on a stream.
to furnish with sufficient water to swim or float.
an act, instance, or period of swimming.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.
in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things:
Despite her age, she is still in the swim.
verb swims, swimming, swam, swum
(intransitive) to move along in water, etc, by means of movements of the body or parts of the body, esp the arms and legs, or (in the case of fish) tail and fins
(transitive) to cover (a distance or stretch of water) in this way
(transitive) to compete in (a race) in this way
(intransitive) to be supported by and on a liquid; float
(transitive) to use (a particular stroke) in swimming
(intransitive) to move smoothly, usually through air or over a surface
(intransitive) to reel or seem to reel: my head swam, the room swam around me
(intransitive; often foll by in or with) to be covered or flooded with water or other liquid
(intransitive) often foll by in. to be liberally supplied (with): he’s swimming in money
(transitive) to cause to float or swim
(transitive) to provide (something) with water deep enough to float in
swim against the tide, swim against the stream, to resist prevailing opinion
swim with the tide, swim with the stream, to conform to prevailing opinion
the act, an instance, or period of swimming
any graceful gliding motion
a condition of dizziness; swoon
a pool in a river good for fishing
(informal) in the swim, fashionable or active in social or political activities
solar wind interplanetary measurements
- Swim against the current
Also, swim against the stream or tide . Go against prevailing opinion or thought, as in I’m voting for him even if that is swimming against the current . Shakespeare used a similar metaphor in 2 Henry IV (5:2): “You must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair, which swims against your stream.” For the antonym, […]
noun 1. (angling) a device containing bait, attached to the line to ensure the gradual baiting of the swim from under the surface
noun 1. one of a pair of flippers.
verb (used without object), swam, swum, swimming. 1. to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc. 2. to float on the surface of water or some other liquid. 3. to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water. 4. to move, glide, or go smoothly over a […]