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.
a person who cannot 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
Old English swimman “to move in or on the water, float” (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- “to be in motion.”
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf “motion,” Old Irish do-sennaim “I hunt,” Lithuanian sundyti “to chase.” For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of “reel or move unsteadily” first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, “the clear part of any liquid” (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning “part of a river or stream frequented by fish” (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning “the current of the latest affairs or events” (1869).
A swallow of liquor; pull, slug
[1621+; origin unknown]
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