- Swim means something related to moving through a body of water.
An example of swim used as an adjective is in the phrase "swim suit," which means clothing for going in the pool.
- The definition of a swim is a period of moving or floating through the water.
An example of a swim is a doggie paddle through the pool.
- Swim is defined as to move through or float on water.
An example of swim is to compete in a backstroke race.
swim definition by Webster's New World
- to move through water by movements of the arms and legs, or of flippers, fins, tail, etc.
- to move with a smooth, gliding motion, as though swimming
- to float on the surface of a liquid
- to be covered or saturated with or as with a liquid
- to overflow; be flooded: eyes swimming with tears
Origin: Middle English swimmen ; from Old English swimman, akin to German schwimmen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swem-, to move vigorously, be in motion from source Welsh chwyfio, to move
- to move in or across (a body of water) by swimming
- to cause to swim or float
- to perform (a specified stroke) in swimming
- the act or motion of swimming
- a period of swimming for sport: a short swim before lunch
- a distance swum or to be swum
- swim bladder
Origin: Middle English swime ; from Old English swima, akin to Dutch zwijmen, to faint ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swei-, to bend, turn from source swift
swim definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb swam swam , swum swum , swim·ming, swims verb, intransitive
- To move through water by means of the limbs, fins, or tail.
- To move as though gliding through water.
- To float on water or another liquid.
- a. To be covered or flooded with or as if with a liquid: chicken swimming in gravy.b. To possess a superfluity; abound: After winning the lottery, she was swimming in money.
- To experience a floating or giddy sensation; be dizzy: “his brain still swimming with the effects of the last night's champagne” (Robert Smith Surtees).
- To appear to spin or reel lazily: The room swam before my eyes.
- To move through or across (a body of water) by swimming: She swam the channel.
- To execute (a particular stroke) in swimming.
- To cause to swim or float.
- a. The act of swimming.b. A period of time spent swimming.
- A gliding motion.
- A state of dizziness.
- An area, as of a river, abounding in fish.
Origin: Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman.
- swimˈma·ble adjective
- swimˈmer noun
swim - Phrases/Idioms
in the swim
in the swim
swim against the stream