Swarm meaning

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A large number of insects or other small organisms, especially when in motion.
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A group of bees, social wasps, or ants, when migrating with a queen to establish a new colony.
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An aggregation of persons or animals, especially when in turmoil or moving in mass.

A swarm of friends congratulated him.

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To be overrun; teem.

A riverbank swarming with insects.

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To move or emerge in a swarm.
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To leave a hive as a swarm. Used of bees.
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To fill with a crowd.

Sailors swarming the ship's deck.

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To climb by gripping with the arms and legs.
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To climb (something) in this manner.
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A moving mass, crowd, or throng.

A swarm of onlookers.

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A large number of bees, led by a queen, leaving one hive for another to start a new colony.
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A colony of bees in a hive.
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Any large number of social insects moving in a group.

A swarm of ants.

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To gather and fly off in a swarm.
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To move, collect, be present, etc. in large numbers; throng; abound.
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To be filled or crowded; teem.
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To fill with a swarm; crowd; throng.
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To act as a swarm in surrounding, attacking, dealing with, etc.

To swarm the quarterback, researchers swarming a problem.

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To climb (a tree, mast, pole, etc.) using the hands and feet; shin (up)
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All the users connected to a single torrent. See BitTorrent.
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A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony.
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A mass of people, animals or things in motion or turmoil.

A swarm of meteorites.

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(intransitive) To move as a swarm.
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(intransitive) To teem, or be overrun with insects, people, etc.
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To fill a place as a swarm.
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To overwhelm as by an opposing army.
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To climb by gripping with arms and legs alternately.
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To breed multitudes.
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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.

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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.

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A number of similar geologic phenomena or features occurring closely within a given period or place.

A swarm of earthquakes.

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To move or gather in large numbers.

Shoppers have swarmed into the mall.

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Origin of swarm

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 sværm (“swarm"), Swedish svärm (“swarm"), Icelandic svarmur (“tumult, swarm"), Latin susurrus (“whispering, humming"), Lithuanian surma (“a pipe"), Russian свирель (svirel', “a pipe, reed").