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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drove, horde, swarmnoun

    a moving crowd

  2. swarm, cloudverb

    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, swarmverb

    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, pullulateverb

    move in large numbers

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


  1. swarmnoun

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

  2. swarmnoun

    A mass of people or animals in turmoil.

  3. swarmverb

    To move as a swarm.

  4. swarmverb

    To teem, or be overrun with insects.

  5. swarmverb

    To fill a place as a swarm.

  6. swarmverb

    To overwhelm as by an opposing army.

  7. swarmverb

    To climb by gripping with arms and legs.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swarmnoun

    Etymology: swearm , Saxon; swerm, Dutch.

    A swarm of bees that cut the liquid sky,
    Upon the topmost branch in clouds alight. John Dryden, Æn.

    From this swarm of fair advantages,
    You grip’d the general sway into your hand,
    Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster. William Shakespeare.

    If we could number up those prodigious swarms that had settled themselves in every part of it, they would amount to more than can be found. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. To Swarmverb

    Etymology: swearman , Saxon; swermen, Dutch.

    All hands employ’d,
    Like labouring bees on a long Summer’s day;
    Some sound the trumpet for the rest to swarm. Dryden.

    Swarm’d on a rotten stick the bees I spy’d. John Gay.

    When bees hang in swarming time, they will presently rise, if the weather hold. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The merciless Macdonel,
    The multiplying villanies of nature
    Do swarm upon. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Our superfluous lacqueys, and our peasants,
    Who in unnecessary action swarm
    About our squares of battle. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    What a multitude of thoughts at once
    Awaken’d in me swarm, while I consider
    What from within I feel myself, and hear
    What from without comes often to my ears. John Milton.

    Then mounts the throne, high plac’d before the shrine;
    In crowds around the swarming people join. John Dryden, Æn.

    These garrisons you have now planted throughout all Ireland, and every place swarms with soldiers. Edmund Spenser.

    Her lower region swarms with all sort of fowl, her rivers with fish, and her seas with whole shoals. James Howell.

    Those days swarmed with fables, and from such grounds took hints for fictions, poisoning the world ever after. Brown.

    Not so thick swarm’d once the soil
    Bedropp’d with blood of Gorgon. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. SWARM

    The SWARM Remote Weapon System (Stabilised Weapon And Reconnaissance Mount) is a fully armored remote weapon system designed and built by the Thales Group in Glasgow, Scotland. The SWARM system consists of two main assemblies: the Gun Processing and Interface Unit (GPIU), which is operated inside the vehicle, and the external Weapon and Sensor Platform (WASP). It can fire a variety of weapons, and utilize multiple sensors. On the US Marine Corps' Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV), it is equipped with a 7.62 mm M240 and day/night sensors.


  1. swarm

    A swarm refers to a large group of animate entities, usually small ones, moving together in the same direction or congregating closely in one specific place. It is typically used to describe insects like bees, locusts, and ants, but can also refer to groups of birds, fish, drones and even people. Swarms often exhibit collective behavior and move in a coordinated manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swarmverb

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

  2. Swarmnoun

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

  3. Swarmnoun

    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. Swarmnoun

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

  5. Swarmverb

    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. Swarmverb

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

  7. Swarmverb

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

  8. Swarmverb

    to abound; to be filled (with)

  9. Swarmverb

    to breed multitudes

  10. Swarmverb

    to crowd or throng

  11. Etymology: [Cf. Swerve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swarm

    swawrm, n. a body of humming or buzzing insects: a cluster of insects, esp. of bee: a great number: throng.—v.i. to gather as bees: to appear in a crowd: to throng: to abound: to breed multitudes.—v.t. to cause to breed in swarms. [A.S. swearm; Ger. schwarm; from the same root as Ger. schwirren.]

  2. Swarm

    swawrm, v.i. to climb a tree by scrambling up by means of arms and legs (with up).

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SWARM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Swarm is ranked #55255 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Swarm surname appeared 372 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Swarm.

    94.8% or 353 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swarm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swarm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of swarm in a Sentence

  1. Christian Yates:

    If we can somehow increase the external noise that these locusts are experiencing then we might be able to break up the swarm, isolate the individuals, and deprive them of the benefits of being in a swarm.

  2. Mark Kaigwa:

    You have a swarm of developers who are looking at business-to-consumer apps but with no roadmap.

  3. Graz Professor Thomas Schmikl:

    For robotics, and for swarm robotics in particular, there is the problem that almost all robot swarms work in clean, artificial areas – such as factories, pools, tanks, etc. – and robots that work in open nature (or within human society) are usually very short-running, expensive and mostly operating alone.

  4. Michael Tiffany:

    The ad industry was treating the bots as a faceless swarm, what no one was anticipating is that the bots are extremely effective of looking like a high value consumer.

  5. Mica Endsley:

    It is built on the biological concept of say a swarm of bees, for example, where you can see a lot of them fly as a group but they do not run into each other. They manage some type of coordinated activity between them in order to be able to navigate successfully.

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