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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. Swum.
  21. Swimming.
  22. 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.
  23. To pass by swimming: to make to swim or float:- pr. p. swimming; pa. t. swam; pa. p. swam or swum.
  24. Act of swimming: any motion like swimming: air bladder of a fish.
  25. Swam.
  26. To float; move on, or in, water; glide along; be dizzy; overflow.
  27. To pass by swimming.
  28. To move in or pass through ( water) by movements of the limbs, fins, or the like; float.
  29. To be dizzy.
  30. The action of swimming.
  31. A gliding, swaying movement.
  32. Act of swimming; a swimming movement; the air- bladder of a fish.
  33. To cause to swim; to pass or move on; to immerse in water, that the lighter parts may swim.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. A movement on the surface of water; the air- bladder of a fish which supports it in water.
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Antonyms for swim

go down, settle, sink, go under.

Quotes of swim

  1. I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them. – Amanda Beard
  2. The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim – Edsger Dijkstra
  3. Agnes Darling, if such should be we never meet again, while firing my last shot, I will gently breathe the name of my wife- Agnes- and with wishes even for my enemies I will make the plunge and try to swim to the other shore. – Wild Bill Hickok
  4. For me, the desire exists less to get myself a degree than to just go and have the whole college experience, and throw myself into the brain pool and see if I can swim – Joshua Jackson
  5. As a dad, he thinks that his philosophy is morally correct. He has no conscience whatsoever about letting his kids put a penny in a light socket to find out electricity is not so good for you, and if you want to learn how to swim you have to be thrown into the deep end. – Stacy Keach
  6. There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim – Billie Jean King
  7. I read mysteries like Nancy Drew and Alfred Hitchcock, and I swim and I ride my motorbike. – Heather O'Rourke
  8. So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray. – Mary Oliver
  9. People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground. – Marcel Proust
  10. Punt returns will kill you quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper. – Darrell Royal
  11. I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel. – Nina Simone
  12. Dead fish don't swim around in jealous tides. – Scott Weiland

Usage examples for swim

  1. I'm going to teach him to swim – Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah
  2. Swim and be quiet. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. He did not know what it was to swim – A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs by Laurence Hutton
  6. He had just come in from a swim – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  7. " Dave could swim all night, but the other fellow-" " Now wait a minute!" – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  8. Barby could swim as well as either of the boys and needed no watching. – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  9. Nina can swim as well as you can, and I shall tell her what I think of her." – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  10. But I don't think I would like to swim – A Maid of the Silver Sea by John Oxenham
  11. I don't believe horses can swim when they're in a carriage. – Milly and Olly by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  12. 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
  13. " It was a great surprise to me, the day I found I could swim she said. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  14. 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
  15. She could swim better than any of the children there. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  16. Swim up- up- long way up! – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  17. 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
  18. Then it kind of struck him he had to get in or swim – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  19. Come back where you don't have to swim – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  20. " 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

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