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Definitions of swim

  1. To be supported on water or other fluid; to float; to move in water by hands and feet, or by fins; to glide smoothly; to be flooded; to be dizzy; to overflow; to abound. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To move in or pass through (water) by movements of the limbs, fins, or the like; float. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To cause to swim or float; to pass over, or through, by swimming; as, to swim a river. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To pass by swimming: to make to swim or float:-pr.p. swimming; pa.t. swam; pa.p. swam or swum. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To pass by swimming. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To float, as on water or other liquid; to propel or push oneself forward in the water with the hands and feet, or fins and tail; to glide smoothly; to have great abundance; as, to swim in luxury; be dizzy; as, the head swims. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To float, as opp. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To float; move on, or in, water; glide along; be dizzy; overflow. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To be dizzy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To cause to swim; to pass or move on; to immerse in water, that the lighter parts may swim. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To move about on the surface of water by movements of the hands and legs; to move through water by means of fins, as fish; to be carried along on the surface of water; to float on water; to cause to swim; not to sink; to have a waving feeling in the head, when the visible scene appears in unsteady movement like the surface of water; to be dizzy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. the act of swimming The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. travel through water; "We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore"; "a big fish was swimming in the tank" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To be overflowed or drenched. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To be filled with swimming animals. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To pass or move over or on by swimming; as, to swim a stream. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To cause or compel to swim; to make to float; as, to swim a horse across a river. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To immerse in water that the lighter parts may float; as, to swim wheat in order to select seed. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. The sound, or air bladder, of a fish. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. A part of a stream much frequented by fish. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. Swimmer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Swimming. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Act of swimming: any motion like swimming: air bladder of a fish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. The action of swimming. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A gliding, swaying movement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Act of swimming; a swimming movement; the air-bladder of a fish. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. A movement on the surface of water; the air-bladder of a fish which supports it in water. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Swam, swum. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. Swam. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

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Usage examples for swim

  1. I don't believe horses can swim when they're in a carriage. – Milly and Olly by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. " It was a great surprise to me, the day I found I could swim she said. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
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