- The definition of a swarm is a large number of people or insects, especially honey bees.
- When 2000 people all show up for a protest, this is an example of a swarm.
- When hundreds of honeybees fly out of their nest, this is an example of a swarm.
- Swarm is to move in a huge, overwhelming group all at once, or to be crowded and overrun.
- When hundreds of bees fly out all at once, this is an example of when they swarm.
- When a concert is overcrowded with people and they are packed in tight and moving about, this is an example of when the concert swarms with people.
- a large number of bees, led by a queen, leaving one hive for another to start a new colony
- a colony of bees in a hive
- any large number of social insects moving in a group: a swarm of ants
- a moving mass, crowd, or throng: a swarm of onlookers
Origin of swarmMiddle English from Old English swearm, akin to German schwarm, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to buzz from source Classical Latin susurrare, to hiss, whisper, sorex, Classical Greek hyrax, shrew
- to gather and fly off in a swarm: said as of bees
- to move, collect, be present, etc. in large numbers; throng; abound
- to be filled or crowded; teem
- to fill with a swarm; crowd; throng
- to act as a swarm in surrounding, attacking, dealing with, etc.: to swarm the quarterback, researchers swarming a problem
Origin of swarmorigin, originally naut. word from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A large number of insects or other small organisms, especially when in motion.
- A group of bees, social wasps, or ants, when migrating with a queen to establish a new colony.
- An aggregation of persons or animals, especially when in turmoil or moving in mass: A swarm of friends congratulated him.
- A number of similar geologic phenomena or features occurring closely within a given period or place: a swarm of earthquakes.
verbswarmed, swarm·ing, swarms
- a. To move or emerge in a swarm.b. To leave a hive as a swarm. Used of bees.
- To move or gather in large numbers: Shoppers have swarmed into the mall.
- To be overrun; teem: a riverbank swarming with insects. See Synonyms at teem1.
Origin of swarmMiddle English group of bees from Old English swearm
verbswarmed, swarm·ing, swarms
Origin of swarmOrigin unknown
From Middle English swarm, from Old English swearm (“swarm, multitude"), from Proto-Germanic *swarmaz (“swarm, dizziness"), from Proto-Indo-European *swer- (“to buzz, hum"). Cognate with Scots swarm (“swarm"), Dutch zwerm (“swarm"), German Schwarm (“swarm"), Danish svÃ¦rm (“swarm"), Swedish svÃ¤rm (“swarm"), Icelandic svarmur (“tumult, swarm"), Latin susurrus (“whispering, humming"), Lithuanian surma (“a pipe"), Russian ÑÐ²Ð¸Ñ€ÐµÐ»ÑŒ (svirel', “a pipe, reed").
(third-person singular simple present swarms, present participle swarming, simple past and past participle swarmed)
From Middle English swarmen, swermen, from Old English swierman (“to swarm"), from Proto-Germanic *swarmijanÄ… (“to swarm"). Cognate with Scots swairm, swerm (“to swarm"), Dutch zwermen (“to swarm"), German schwÃ¤rmen (“to swarm"), Danish svÃ¦rme (“to swarm"), Swedish svÃ¤rma (“to swarm").