Swim v. i. [imp. Swam or Swum p. p. Swum; p. pr. & vb. n. Swimming.]
1. 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.
2. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail.
Leap in with me into this angry flood,
And swim to yonder point. --Shak.
3. To be overflowed or drenched.
Sudden the ditches swell, the meadows swim. --Thomson.
4. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid.
[They] now swim in joy. --Milton.
5. To be filled with swimming animals. [Obs.]
[Streams] that swim full of small fishes. --Chaucer.
1. That swims; capable of swimming; adapted to, or used in, swimming; as, a swimming bird; a swimming motion.
2. Suffused with moisture; as, swimming eyes.
Swimming bell Zool., a nectocalyx. See Illust. under Siphonophora.
Swimming crab Zool., any one of numerous species of marine crabs, as those of the family Protunidae, which have some of the joints of one or more pairs of legs flattened so as to serve as fins.
Swim·ming, n. The act of one who swims.
Swim·ming, a. Being in a state of vertigo or dizziness; as, a swimming brain.
Swim·ming, n. Vertigo; dizziness; as, a swimming in the head.
n : the act of swimming [syn: swimming]
v 1: travel through water; "We had to swim for 20 minutes to
reach the shore"; "a big fish was swimming in the tank"
2: be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink [syn: float]
[also: swum, swimming, swam]
adj 1: filled or brimming with tears; "swimming eyes"; "watery
eyes"; "sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid"
[syn: liquid, watery]
2: applied to a fish depicted horizontally [syn: naiant]
n : the act of swimming [syn: swim]