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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swim \Swim\, verb (used without an object) [imp. {Swam}or {Swum}; p. p. {Swum}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swimming}.] [AS. swimman; akin to D. zwemmen, OHG. swimman, G. schwimmen, Icel. svimma, Dan. sw["o]mme, Sw. simma. Cf. {Sound} an air bladder, a strait.]

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

Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point. --Shak.

3. To be overflowed or drenched. --Ps. vi. 6.

Sudden the ditches swell, the meadows swim. --Thomson.

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

[They] now swim in joy. --Milton.

5. To be filled with swimming animals. [Obs.]

[Streams] that swim full of small fishes. --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swim \Swim\, noun

1. The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming. --B. Jonson.

2. The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.

3. A part of a stream much frequented by fish. [Eng.]

{Swim bladder}, an air bladder of a fish.

{To be in the swim}, to be in a favored position; to be associated with others in active affairs. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swim \Swim\, verb (used without an object) [OE. swime dizziness, vertigo, AS. sw[imac]ma; akin to D. zwijm, Icel. svimi dizziness, svina to subside, sv[imac]a to abate, G. schwindel dizziness, schwinden to disappear, to dwindle, OHG. sw[imac]nan to dwindle. Cf. {Squemish}, {Swindler}.] To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swim \Swim\, verb (used with an object)

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

Sometimes he thought to swim the stormy main. --Dryden.

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

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

swim

noun

1: the act of swimming; "it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool" [syn: {swimming}, {swim}]

verb

1: travel through water; "We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore"; "a big fish was swimming in the tank"

2: be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom [syn: {float}, {swim}] [ant: {go down}, {go under}, {settle}, {sink}]

3: be dizzy or giddy; "my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne"

4: be covered with or submerged in a liquid; "the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy" [syn: {swim}, {drown}]

5: move as if gliding through water; "this snake swims through the soil where it lives"


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