What does SWIM mean?

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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"


  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

  13. Origin: [OE. swime dizziness, vertigo, AS. swma; akin to D. zwijm, Icel. svimi dizziness, svina to subside, sva to abate, G. schwindel dizziness, schwinden to disappear, to dwindle, OHG. swnan to dwindle. Cf. Squemish, Swindler.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swim

    swim, v.i. to float, as opposed to sink: to move on or in water: to be borne along by a current: to glide along with a waving motion: to be dizzy: to be drenched: to overflow: to abound.—v.t. to pass by swimming: to make to swim or float:—pr.p. swim′ming; pa.t. swam; pa.p. swum or swam.—n. act of swimming: any motion like swimming: air-bladder of a fish.—adj. Swim′mable, capable of being swum.—ns. Swim′mer, one who swims: a web-footed aquatic bird; Swim′meret, one of the abdominal appendages which in the lobster and other Crustacea are used in swimming; Swim′ming, the act of floating or moving on or in the water: dizziness; Swim′ming-bath, a bath large enough for swimming in.—adv. Swim′mingly, in a gliding manner, as if swimming: smoothly, successfully.—ns. Swim′mingness, the state of swimming: a melting look, tearfulness; Swim′ming-pond, an artificial pond adapted for swimming in; Swim′ming-school, a place where swimming is taught; Swim′ming-stone, a cellular variety of flint—float-stone.—In the swim, in the main current, of affairs, business, &c. [A.S. swimman; Ger. schwimmen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. swim

    To move through water.

    To be able to swim is a real gift.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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British National Corpus

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWIM in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWIM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of SWIM in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Murray:

    I've never regretted a swim

  2. Ben Lecomte:

    I remember my father and he was the one who taught me how to swim in the Atlantic. I remember times when we would go on the beach and walk and never see any plastic. Now, everywhere I go, on the beach I see plastic everywhere, if we are all aware of it then after it is much easier to take action and to change our behaviour because the solution is in our hands. We know what we have to do.

  3. Tim Taylor:

    You don't have to swim to dive. The equipment does the work for you -- you just have to be comfortable... to overcome that fear and learn. That is what's going to be difficult to teach, it's not impossible... it's not going to be done in a day. I would imagine they are going to take some time to train these kids.

  4. Mona Sarfaty:

    Warmer ocean water also makes a difference, along the coast, there are cases of bacterial contamination in shellfish in the warmer months that make those waters more likely to cause infection when people swim there, especially if they have open cuts in their skin.

  5. Terpsichore Lindeman:

    If you burn a bridge be prepared to swim.

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