Definitions for Swarmswɔrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a body of honeybees that emigrate from a hive and fly off together, accompanied by a queen, to start a new colony.

    Category: Entomology

  2. a body of bees settled together, as in a hive.

    Category: Entomology

  3. a great number of things or persons moving together.

  4. an aggregation of free-floating or free-swimming cells or organisms.

    Category: Microbiology

  5. a cluster of similar geologic phenomena or features, as a series of earthquakes of nearly equal intensity.

    Category: Geology

  6. (v.i.)to fly off together in a swarm, as bees.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  7. to move about or along in great numbers.

  8. to congregate or occur in large groups or multitudes.

  9. (of a place) to abound or teem:

    a beach swarming with children.

  10. (v.t.)to swarm over or in; overrun.

* Syn: See crowd1.

Origin of swarm:

bef. 900; OE swearm, c. OHG swarm ON svarmr tumult


swarmswɔrm(v.t.; v.i.)

  1. to climb by clasping with the legs and drawing oneself up with the hands; shin.

Origin of swarm:

1540–50; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drove, horde, swarm(noun)

    a moving crowd

  2. swarm, cloud(verb)

    a group of many things in the air or on the ground

    "a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "clouds of blossoms"; "it discharged a cloud of spores"

  3. teem, pullulate, swarm(verb)

    be teeming, be abuzz

    "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"

  4. pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulate(verb)

    move in large numbers

    "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. swarm(noun)ɔrm

    a large group of insects moving together

    a swarm of bees

  2. swarm(verb)ɔrm

    (of a large group) to move quickly into an area

    Fans swarmed onto the field.

  3. swarmɔrm

    (of bees and other insects) to move in large groups

  4. swarmɔrm

    (of a place) to be filled with large numbers of sth

    a mall swarming with shoppers


  1. swarm(Noun)

    A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony.

  2. swarm(Noun)

    A mass of people or animals in turmoil.

  3. swarm(Verb)

    To move as a swarm.

  4. swarm(Verb)

    To teem, or be overrun with insects.

  5. swarm(Verb)

    To fill a place as a swarm.

  6. swarm(Verb)

    To overwhelm as by an opposing army.

  7. swarm(Verb)

    To climb by gripping with arms and legs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swarm(verb)

    to climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See Shin

  2. Swarm(noun)

    a large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion

  3. Swarm(noun)

    especially, a great number of honeybees which emigrate from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the direction of a queen; a like body of bees settled permanently in a hive

  4. Swarm(noun)

    hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of meteorites

  5. Swarm(verb)

    to collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; -- said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer

  6. Swarm(verb)

    to appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude

  7. Swarm(verb)

    to be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion

  8. Swarm(verb)

    to abound; to be filled (with)

  9. Swarm(verb)

    to breed multitudes

  10. Swarm(verb)

    to crowd or throng


  1. Swarm behaviour

    Swarm behaviour, or swarming, is a collective behaviour exhibited by animals of similar size which aggregate together, perhaps milling about the same spot or perhaps moving en masse or migrating in some direction. As a term, swarming is applied particularly to insects, but can also be applied to any other animal that exhibits swarm behaviour. The term flocking is usually used to refer specifically to swarm behaviour in birds, herding to refer to swarm behaviour in quadrupeds, shoaling or schooling to refer to swarm behaviour in fish. Phytoplankton also gather in huge swarms called blooms, although these organisms are algae and are not self-propelled the way animals are. By extension, the term swarm is applied also to inanimate entities which exhibit parallel behaviours, as in a robot swarm, an earthquake swarm, or a swarm of stars. From a more abstract point of view, swarm behaviour is the collective motion of a large number of self-propelled entities. From the perspective of the mathematical modeller, it is an emergent behaviour arising from simple rules that are followed by individuals and does not involve any central coordination.

Translations for Swarm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a great number (of insects or other small creatures) moving together

a swarm of ants.

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