Definitions of swim

  1. be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
  2. the act of swimming
  3. travel through water; " We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore"; " a big fish was swimming in the tank"
  4. 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.
  5. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail.
  6. To be overflowed or drenched.
  7. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid.
  8. To be filled with swimming animals.
  9. To pass or move over or on by swimming; as, to swim a stream.
  10. To cause or compel to swim; to make to float; as, to swim a horse across a river.
  11. To immerse in water that the lighter parts may float; as, to swim wheat in order to select seed.
  12. The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming.
  13. The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.
  14. A part of a stream much frequented by fish.
  15. To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims.
  16. To float, as on water or other liquid; to propel or push oneself forward in the water with the hands and feet, or fins and tail; to glide smoothly; to have great abundance; as, to swim in luxury; be dizzy; as, the head swims.
  17. To cause to swim or float; to pass over, or through, by swimming; as, to swim a river.
  18. Swimmer.
  19. Swam, swum.
  20. Swimming.
  21. To float, as opp. to sink: to move on or in water: to be borne along by a current: to glide along with a waving motion: to be dizzy: to be drenched: to overflow: to abound.
  22. To pass by swimming: to make to swim or float:- pr. p. swimming; pa. t. swam; pa. p. swam or swum.
  23. Act of swimming: any motion like swimming: air bladder of a fish.
  24. Swam.
  25. To float; move on, or in, water; glide along; be dizzy; overflow.
  26. To pass by swimming.
  27. To move in or pass through ( water) by movements of the limbs, fins, or the like; float.
  28. To be dizzy.
  29. The action of swimming.
  30. A gliding, swaying movement.
  31. Act of swimming; a swimming movement; the air- bladder of a fish.
  32. To cause to swim; to pass or move on; to immerse in water, that the lighter parts may swim.
  33. To be supported on water or other fluid; to float; to move in water by hands and feet, or by fins; to glide smoothly; to be flooded; to be dizzy; to overflow; to abound.
  34. To move about on the surface of water by movements of the hands and legs; to move through water by means of fins, as fish; to be carried along on the surface of water; to float on water; to cause to swim; not to sink; to have a waving feeling in the head, when the visible scene appears in unsteady movement like the surface of water; to be dizzy.
  35. A movement on the surface of water; the air- bladder of a fish which supports it in water.

Usage examples for swim

  1. I don't believe horses can swim when they're in a carriage. – Milly and Olly by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. " It was a great surprise to me, the day I found I could swim," she said. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  3. He did not know what it was to swim. – A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs by Laurence Hutton
  4. But, Jackie dear, mind now: the next time don't ye go into the deep water until ye know how to swim. – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  5. They are not afraid of water, as most of them can swim, but if they are caught in fire, they are generally burned to death. – Kari the Elephant by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  6. Then it kind of struck him he had to get in or swim. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  7. Barby could swim as well as either of the boys and needed no watching. – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  8. I'm going to teach him to swim." – Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah
  9. But I guess Sue could lend her a doll if she wanted it to take a swim. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store by Laura Lee Hope
  10. Nina can swim as well as you can, and I shall tell her what I think of her." – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  11. " I was so full I could not swim," replied the Fish. – Philippine Folk-Tales by Clara Kern Bayliss, Berton L. Maxfield, W. H. Millington, Fletcher Gardner, Laura Watson Benedict
  12. What happened in Kings Port on the day following that important swim which Hortense and John took together in the waters of the harbor? – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister
  13. " Dave could swim all night, but the other fellow-" " Now wait a minute!" – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  14. She could swim better than any of the children there. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  15. But I don't think I would like to swim. – A Maid of the Silver Sea by John Oxenham
  16. This seemed to be the only thing to do, and as the duck continued to swim directly towards us we both began to shout and wave our arms about in what must have appeared to Shin Shira a perfectly mad fashion. – The Mysterious Shin Shira by George Edward Farrow
  17. Come back where you don't have to swim. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  18. Swim up- up- long way up! – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  19. He had just come in from a swim. – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  20. Swim, and be quiet. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith