Definitions for SWIMswɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

swimswɪm(v.; n.)swam, swum, swim•ming

  1. (v.i.)to move in water by using the limbs, fins, tail, etc.

    Category: Animal Behavior, Sport

  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 surface.

  5. to be immersed or flooded with a liquid:

    eyes swimming with tears.

  6. to be dizzy or giddy; seem to whirl:

    My head began to swim.

  7. (v.t.)to move along in or cross (a body of water) by swimming.

    Category: Sport

  8. to perform (a particular stroke) in swimming.

    Category: Sport

  9. to cause to swim or float.

    Category: Sport

  10. (n.)an act, instance, or period of swimming.

    Category: Sport

  11. a motion as of swimming.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for swim:

  1. in the swim,alert to or actively engaged in current affairs, social activities, etc.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of swim:

bef. 900; ME swimmen, OE swimman, c. OS, OHG swimman, ON svimma


Princeton's WordNet

  1. swimming, swim(verb)

    the act of swimming

    "it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool"

  2. swim(verb)

    travel through water

    "We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore"; "a big fish was swimming in the tank"

  3. float, swim(verb)

    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

  4. swim(verb)

    be dizzy or giddy

    "my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne"

  5. swim, drown(verb)

    be covered with or submerged in a liquid

    "the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy"

  6. swim(verb)

    move as if gliding through water

    "this snake swims through the soil where it lives"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. swim(verb)ɪm

    (of a person or animal) to move through water

    Do you know how to swim?; She swam the width of the river.; A fish/goose swam by.; I like to swim side stroke.

  2. swimɪm

    to have too much liquid in or on

    pasta swimming in sauce

  3. swimɪm

    (of a place) to seem to be turning or moving because you are sick, tired, etc.

    The room was swimming around her.

  4. swimɪm

    to have a strange confused or sick feeling in your head

    My head was swimming with all the numbers.

  5. swim(noun)ɪm

    an act of swimming

    to go for a swim


  1. swim(Noun)

    An act or instance of swimming.

    I'm going for a swim.

  2. swim(Verb)

    To float.

    sink or swim

  3. swim(Verb)

    To move through the water, without touching the bottom; to propel oneself in water by natural means.

  4. swim(Verb)

    To traverse (a specific body of water, or a specific distance) by swimming; or, to utilize a specific swimming stroke; or, to compete in a specific swimming event.

  5. swim(Verb)

    To cause to swim.

    Half of the guinea pigs were swum daily.

  6. Origin: From swimmen, from swimman (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle geswummen), from swimmanan. Cognate with swimme, zwemmen, schwimmen, svømme, simma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swim(verb)

    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

  2. Swim(verb)

    to move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail

  3. Swim(verb)

    to be overflowed or drenched

  4. Swim(verb)

    fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid

  5. Swim(verb)

    to be filled with swimming animals

  6. Swim(verb)

    to pass or move over or on by swimming; as, to swim a stream

  7. Swim(verb)

    to cause or compel to swim; to make to float; as, to swim a horse across a river

  8. Swim(verb)

    to immerse in water that the lighter parts may float; as, to swim wheat in order to select seed

  9. Swim(noun)

    the act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming

  10. Swim(noun)

    the sound, or air bladder, of a fish

  11. Swim(noun)

    a part of a stream much frequented by fish

  12. Swim(verb)

    to be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims


  1. Swim

    Swim was the second EP by the British alternative rock band Feeder. It was Feeder's second commercial release, but failed to have much commercial success. The EP had influences of Smashing Pumpkins early work along with Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers and Silverchair that would follow on Polythene. It was re-released in 2001 in an expanded form, with extra tracks. The re-release is considered to be an "album" since it contains more tracks.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SWIM' in Verbs Frequency: #619

Translations for SWIM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to move through water using arms and legs or fins, tails etc

The children aren't allowed to go sailing until they've learnt to swim; I'm going / I've been swimming; She swam to the shore; They watched the fish swimming about in the aquarium.

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