• WordNet 3.6
    • v swarm move in large numbers "people were pouring out of the theater","beggars pullulated in the plaza"
    • v swarm be teeming, be abuzz "The garden was swarming with bees","The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen","her mind pullulated with worries"
    • n swarm a group of many things in the air or on the ground "a swarm of insects obscured the light","clouds of blossoms","it discharged a cloud of spores"
    • n swarm a moving crowd
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a "hot-spot" behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
    • Swarm A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion. "A deadly swarm of hornets."
    • Swarm Especially, a great number of honeybees which emigrate from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the direction of a queen; a like body of bees settled permanently in a hive. "A swarm of bees."
    • Swarm Hence, any great number or multitude, as of people in motion, or sometimes of inanimate objects; as, a swarm of meteorites. "Those prodigious swarms that had settled themselves in every part of it [Italy]."
    • Swarm To abound; to be filled (with).
    • Swarm To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude.
    • Swarm To be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion. "Every place swarms with soldiers."
    • Swarm To breed multitudes. "Not so thick swarmed once the soil
      Bedropped with blood of Gorgon."
    • v. i Swarm To climb a tree, pole, or the like, by embracing it with the arms and legs alternately. See Shin. "At the top was placed a piece of money, as a prize for those who could swarm up and seize it."
    • Swarm To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; -- said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer.
    • v. t Swarm To crowd or throng.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In July 1874, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. It is estimated that the swarm contained about 12.5 trillion insects. These insects became extinct thirty years later
    • n swarm A large number or body of insects or other small creatures, particularly when moving in a confused mass.
    • n swarm Especially, a cluster or great number of honey-bees which emigrate from a hive at once, and seek new lodgings under the direction of a queen; also, a like body of bees settled permanently in a hive.
    • n swarm In general, a great number or multitude; particularly, a multitude of people in motion: often used of inanimate objects: as, a swarm of meteors.
    • n swarm Synonyms Crowd, throng, cluster.
    • swarm To move in a swarm or in large numbers, as insects and other small creatures; specifically, to collect and depart from a hive by flight in a body, as bees.
    • swarm To appear or come together in a crowd or confused multitude; congregate or throng in multitudes; crowd together with confused movements.
    • swarm To be crowded; be overrun; be thronged with a multitude; abound; be filled with a number or crowd of objects.
    • swarm To breed multitudes.
    • swarm To crowd or throng.
    • swarm To cause to breed in swarms.
    • swarm To climb a tree, pole, or the like by embracing it with the arms and legs; shin: often with up.
    • swarm To climb, as a tree, by embracing it with the arms and legs, and scrambling up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm.
    • n Swarm swawrm a body of humming or buzzing insects: a cluster of insects, esp. of bee: a great number: throng
    • v.i Swarm to gather as bees: to appear in a crowd: to throng: to abound: to breed multitudes
    • v.t Swarm to cause to breed in swarms
    • v.i Swarm swawrm to climb a tree by scrambling up by means of arms and legs (with up).
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  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Gerard Manley Hopkins
    “Towery city and branching between towers; Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel -- and all of them are right.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swarm, AS. swearm,; akin to D. zwerm, G. schwarm, OHG. swaram, Icel. svarmr, a tumult, Sw. svärm, a swarm, Dan. sværm, and G. schwirren, to whiz, to buzz, Skr. svar, to sound, and perhaps to E. swear,. √177. Cf. Swerve Swirl


In literature:

Small seals swarmed by hundreds among the ice, following the wake of the vessel with curiosity.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The day was warm and but little wind blowing, and the swarms of black flies were absolutely terrific.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The swarm were not contented with food for their necessities, but craved for luxuries also.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The three-towered cathedral stood in the midst, round which swarmed apparently a multitude of chimney-stacks.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Swarming season best time for artificial swarming.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
Ants swarm in all directions, building cones a foot in height.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
After the fights between the English troops and the Tae-Pings, swarms of those little homeless creatures were always found.
"The Story of General Gordon" by Jeanie Lang
Then he does not feel the flies at all, even if they swarm all over him.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Hence, the fallacy of judging of the size of a swarm by weight, as one swarm might issue with half the honey of another.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Flies swarmed about them.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam

In poetry:

And carries him into his den,
In darkness there to lie,
Among the swarms of wicked men
In grief eternally.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
Ah! the afternoon is warm,
And yon fields are glad and fair;
Many happy creatures there
Thro' the woodland swarm.
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
His memory is, as—when a-swarming
The cold blasts first
Of winter burst—
The gentle flame my room first warming.
"Frederik Hegel" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Around him swarm the plaining ghosts
Like those on Virgil's shore--
A wilderness of faces dim,
And pale ones gashed and hoar.
"In The Prison Pen" by Herman Melville
The bird that wings its airy path,
The fish that cuts the flood,
The creeping crowd that swarms beneath,
Thy Husband made for good.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
That enduring past yet swarms
Out of yourself and forms
The bright world even yet;
The dreams you now forget
Shall be the strange deeds that
All men shall wonder at.
"Idealism" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

They're a little late, but the swarms are still coming.
Swarm behavior dictates that individuals change their location and behavior in response to the behavior and location of those around them.
The Ormsbys, Kyle (11) and Cole (50), swarm the QB for Windsor High School.
About a week ago, the kudzu bugs started to swarm .
Why did they swarm in separate cloud-like clusters.
Why did they swarm over land but not over the river.
Hurricane Isaac's mosquitos will be swarming : Editorial.
Humboldt County Swarming with Federal Agents This Week.
Mr Usmani's " swarm -moves" model appeals to supermarkets because it increases sales without the need to give people discounts.
UFOs swarming over Las Vegas.
Think of them as a swarm of pesky mosquitoes: The first few bites are only slightly annoying, but before long, if something isn't done, they're going to suck the life out of you.
Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch.
Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch edition.
Swarming to Arrest Honey Importers.
Authorities are unhappy that the city is depicted as swarming with militiamen and that the show is actually shot in Israel.

In science:

This is the limit of a functional fitness of swarm robots.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Only when swarm robots will collectively emerge new functionality, such as ”pass the barrier”, they will solve the ”barrier problem”.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Swarm robots firstly combine low-energy sequences, such as ”move” or ”rotate”.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Swarmrobot.org - Open-hardware Microrobotic Project for Large-scale Artificial Swarms.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Bio-inspired approach towards collective decision making in robotic swarms.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms