- 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.
intransitive verbswam, swum, swimming
- 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 of swimMiddle 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
in the swim
Origin of swimMiddle 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
verbswam swam , swum swum , swim·ming, swims
- a. To move through or on top of water by moving the limbs, fins, or tail or by undulating the body: Ducks swam in the pond.b. To play or relax in water: The children went swimming in the surf.
- To float on water or another liquid: Suds swam on the surface of the dishwater.
- a. To be covered or flooded 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 float or spin slowly: The room swam before my eyes.
- To move through or across (a body of water or a distance) by swimming: She swam the channel. I swam 10 laps.
- To execute (a particular stroke) in swimming.
- a. The act of swimming: went for a swim before lunch.b. A distance covered by or period of time spent swimming.
- An area, as of a river, abounding in fish.
Origin of swimMiddle English swimmen, from Old English swimman.
- (intransitive, archaic) To float.
- sink or swim
- (intransitive) To move through the water, without touching the bottom; to propel oneself in water by natural means.
- To traverse (a specific body of water, or a specific distance) by swimming; or, to utilize a specific swimming stroke; or, to compete in a specific swimming event.
- For exercise, we like to swim laps around the pool.
- I want to swim the 200-yard breaststroke in the finals.
- (uncommon) To cause to swim.
- to swim a horse across a river
- Half of the guinea pigs were swum daily.
- (intransitive) To be overflowed or drenched.
- To immerse in water to make the lighter parts float.
- to swim wheat in order to select seed
From Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman (“to swim, float”) (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle geswummen), from Proto-Germanic *swimmaną (“to swoon, lose consciousness, swim”). Cognate with West Frisian swimme (“to swim, float”), Dutch zwemmen (“to swim”), German schwimmen (“to swim”), Danish svømme (“to swim”), Swedish simma (“to swim”).