swim

Definitions

  • Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372
    Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swim be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    • v swim move as if gliding through water "this snake swims through the soil where it lives"
    • v swim travel through water "We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore","a big fish was swimming in the tank"
    • v swim be covered with or submerged in a liquid "the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy"
    • v swim be dizzy or giddy "my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne"
    • n swim the act of swimming "it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I'll Swim You a Match to the Other Side 378 I'll Swim You a Match to the Other Side 378
He Did Swim in Deep Waters--1-23-048 He Did Swim in Deep Waters--1-23-048
THE FIRST SWIM THE FIRST SWIM
CATTLE SWIMMING THE MEUSE CATTLE SWIMMING THE MEUSE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some dolphins can swim up to 40 kilometers an hour
    • Swim A part of a stream much frequented by fish.
    • Swim Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid. "They] now swim in joy."
    • Swim The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming.
    • Swim The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.
    • v. i Swim To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims .
    • Swim To be filled with swimming animals. "Streams] that swim full of small fishes."
    • Swim To be overflowed or drenched. "Sudden the ditches swell, the meadows swim ."
    • Swim 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.
    • Swim To cause or compel to swim; to make to float; as, to swim a horse across a river.
    • Swim To immerse in water that the lighter parts may float; as, to swim wheat in order to select seed.
    • Swim 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."
    • Swim To pass or move over or on by swimming; as, to swim a stream. "Sometimes he thought to swim the stormy main."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins can swim and sleep at the same time
    • swim To float on or in water or other fluid.
    • swim To move on or in water by natural means of locomotion, as an animal, many of which can so move, though the water be not their natural element, and swimming not their habit. The act is accomplished in many ways, by different movements of the body or of the limbs, or by various combinations of such motions. Man swims with the arms and legs, or with the legs alone, in an attitude and with an action most like that of the frog. Ordinary quadrupeds can swim with movements of the legs much like walking. Some of these are specially fitted for swimming without decided modification of structure, as the otter, the beaver, the muskrat, though often in these cases the tail takes some part in propelling or guiding the animal; other mammals, as the pinnipeds, and especially the cetaceans and sirenians, swim more or less exactly like fishes, the propulsion being mainly from the movements of the tail and hinder part of the body, and the flippers or fins being mainly used for steadying the body or guiding the course. All such mammals swim under as well as on the water. Web-footed birds, and some whose feet are scarcely or not webbed, swim on or under water, chiefly by means of the feet; but many of them accomplish a kind of flight under water with the wings, and use the feet chiefly as rudders. Such is especially the case with penguins, whose wings are flipper-like; and with the dippers (Cinclidæ), which are thrush-like birds, and fly under water as they do in the air, without using their feet at all. Aquatic serpents swim with a wriggling or writhing motion of the whole body like that with which they crawl on land; in some of these, however, the tail is flattened to serve as a fin. (See Hydrophidæ, and cuts under sea-serpent, Hydrophis, and Platurus.) Aquatic anurous batrachians swim with their legs alone, when adult; their larvæ (tadpoles), and all tailed batrachians, swim like fishes, by movements of the hind part of the body and tail. Aquatic turtles swim with all four legs, and especially, in the cases of the marine forms, with their enlarged fore flippers. Nearly all crustaceans are aquatic, and swim with very variously modified limbs and tail, their natatorial organs being usually abdominal or postabdominal. (See swimmeret, pleopod, rhipidura.) Many insects swim by the movement of specially modified legs which serve as oars, or in the cases of larvæ by undulatory movements of the whole body; some swim only on their backs, and others float, walk, or run on the surface of the water. A few mollusks, without shells, swim with an undulation of the body or of processes of the mantle, but their usual modes of swimming are unlike those of animals with ordinary limbs or tail; some swim by energetic flapping of bivalved shells, others by ejecting a stream of water through siphons, or by setting a sort of sail which wafts them over the water. Aquatic worms swim by wriggling the whole body, and also by the action of multitudinous parapods or cilia. Jellyfishes and comb-jellies swim by rhythmical pulsations of a swimming-bell, or of the whole body, assisted or not by the action of some special organs. Animalcules swim mainly by ciliary action, but also by changes in the shapes of their bodies, and in some cases by special formations. See swimming-bell, -bladder, -fin, -foot.
    • swim Hence, to move or be propelled on or through water by any means.
    • swim To glide with a smooth motion, literally or figuratively.
    • swim To be flooded; be overflowed or drenched.
    • swim To overflow; abound; have abundance.
    • swim To pass or cross by swimming; move on or in by swimming: as, to swim a stream.
    • swim To immerse in water, that the lighter parts may swim: as, to swim wheat for seed.
    • swim To cause to swim or float: as, to swim a horse across a river.
    • swim To furnish with sufficient depth of water to swim in.
    • n swim The act of swimming; period or extent of swimming: as, to take a swim.
    • n swim A smooth swaying gliding motion.
    • n swim The sound or swimming-bladder of a fish.
    • n swim A part of a stream, or other piece of water, deep and free from rocks and other obstructions, and much frequented by fish.
    • n swim A dizziness; swoon.
    • swim To be dizzy or vertiginous; have giddiness; have a sensation as if the head were turning round; also, to have, or appear to have, a whirling motion: as, everything swam before his eyes.
    • swim In cricket, to curve in the air: said of the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants are capable of swimming 20 miles in one day.
    • v.i Swim swim to float, as opposed 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
    • v.t Swim to pass by swimming: to make to swim or float:—pr.p. swim′ming; pa.t. swam; pa.p. swum or swam
    • n Swim act of swimming: any motion like swimming: air-bladder of a fish
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”
  • Jerome P. Fleishman
    Jerome P. Fleishman
    “Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal.”
  • Boris Sokoloff
    Boris Sokoloff
    “Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.”
  • W. C. Fields
    W.%20C.%20Fields
    “Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”
  • James A. Garfield
    James A. Garfield
    “Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”

Idioms

Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? - (USA) (US Southern) This is a response given to an unnecessary question for which the obvious answer is yes. Example: If you were to ask an Olympic archer whether she could put an arrow in an apple at ten yards, she could answer: "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?"('Do one-legged ducks swim in circles?' is also used.)
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In the swim - If you are in the swim, you are up-to-date with and fully informed about something.
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Sink or swim - Of you are left to sink or swim, no one gives you any help and it's up to you whether you fail or succeed.
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Swim against the tide - If you swim against the tide, you try to do something that is very difficult because there is a lot of opposition to you. ('Go against the tide' is an alternative form.)
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Swim with the fishes - If someone is swimming with the fishes, they are dead, especially if they have been murdered. 'Sleep with the fishes' is an alternative form.
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Swim with the tide - If you swim with the tide, you do the same as people around you and accept the general consensus. ('Go with the tide' is an alternative form.)
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Swimmingly - If things are going swimmingly, they are going very well.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swime, dizziness, vertigo, AS. swīma,; akin to D. zwijm, Icel. svimi, dizziness, svina, to subside, svīa, to abate, G. schwindel, dizziness, schwinden, to disappear, to dwindle, OHG. swīnan, to dwindle. Cf. Squemish Swindler

Usage

In literature:

The sight made the head of the officer to swim, as if suddenly struck with vertigo.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
He could not swim across, so he just coolly accepted the only alternative, and started to walk across!
"Bert Lloyd's Boyhood" by J. McDonald Oxley
Nicknack was swimming quite fast.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
Don't know how to swim.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
There was no hope that they could swim it in safety.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
And here, young reader, let me advise you by all means to imitate my example, and learn to swim.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Swimming rested him in a way.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Observe their mode of walking, of swimming, and of flying.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
LONDON AND A LONG SWIM.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
She threw herself forward and began to swim.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I feel as though I could swim on forever.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
The swimming minutes passed; his mind ceased to live for a space.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
This linen holds the water together so beautifully, that my hind legs quiver as if I were going to swim.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
My mate here, though, is getting on swimming.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
How long would she swim?
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
It may appear strange that he did not swim towards it, and share the fortunes of his former associates.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Sometimes he swims an' sometimes he don't swim, an' you can't tell till you git in.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Skulking rats, swim while the breath is in you!
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Even so, swimming was really only a small part of the fun of houseboating, and the ban on swimming wouldn't last long.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Tired though he was from swimming ashore with the Eel on the first rescue, he went down as often as any of his comrades.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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In poetry:

Yet often now the good man's look
Before me seems to swim,
As if some inward feeling took
The outward guise of him.
"William Forster" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beloved by him! beloved by him!
How dear the tender thought!
My eyes in happy tears do swim,
My heart with bliss is fraught.
"The Lady's Soliloquy" by James Avis Bartley
Not thinking that another course,
Which needed pluck and vim,
Might raise his drowning spirit high,
And teach it how to swim;
"Ode To Man" by Thomas Frederick Young
The Sabbath chimes there sink and swim
Along the consecrated air,
The benediction and the hymn,
The voice of praise and prayer:
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Stars that seem so close and bright,
Watched by lovers through the night,
Swim in emptiness, men say,
Many a mile and year away.
"Fafaia" by Rupert Brooke
To west hung heavily the drowsy night,
Weighted with fog, low-clinging, grey and dim,
Adown each valley and about each height,
Thro' which the sinking stars appeared to swim.
"Before Sunrise" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

It was a full weekend of swimming for the Mariners' swim and dive team.
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 28 SWIMMING World CEO Brent Rutemiller writes " Success Is Not Always Measured by the Stopwatch " in the latest Voice for the Sport, which appears in the August 2012 issue of Swimming World Magazine.
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 28 SWIMMING World CEO Brent Rutemiller writes " Success Is Not Always Measured by the Stopwatch" in the latest Voice for the Sport, which appears in the August 2012 issue of Swimming World Magazine.
China's deaf swimming team withdrew from the 2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships starting today in Taoyuan without providing a reason, members of the 21st Summer Deaflympics organizing committee said yesterday.
Members of the Lowell High School girls swim team recently read Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, a children's book about water safety, to students at the Moody Elementary School.
Davis Tarwater swims in a men's 100-meter butterfly semifinal at the US Olympic swimming trials last Saturday in Omaha, Neb.
In the late 1940s, the Times Picayune underwrote a program at the Audubon Park Swimming Pool that taught children to swim.
Byron High School's Aaron Helander swims in the 100-yard butterfly Saturday, Jan 14, 2012, during the Jefferson Boy's Swimming Invitational at Jefferson in Rockford.
In this May 26, 2012 file photo, Italy's Federica Pellegrini swims to win the Women's 200 meter Freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming and the swimming portion of Modern Pentathlon.
The Missouri High School Swimming Association annually presents the "Wally Lundt Award," which goes to the person who has done the most for the sport of swimming.
Zeeland freshman Morgan Bullock will swim three relays at the Division 1 state swim meet Nov 16-17 at Holland Community Aquatic Center.
Open water swimming, test results from the London Olympics and the final location of the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were discussed.
(Grayson West/Park Record) Members of the Park City High School swim team let out an organized cheer during Wednesday s Region 10 Invitational swim meet at the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center.
Denison University's men's swimming and diving team won its first national championship on Saturday by the slimmest margin ever seen in an NCAA swimming and diving championship.
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In science:

It is this second type of swim that our project is to achieve.
The eel-like robot
Finally, data on experimental zoologists style swim eels are limited to the planar motion and take the form of films .
The eel-like robot
During the swimming, only the inverse kinematics is calculated.
The eel-like robot
The capacity of the accumulators is 4Ah and can provide the energy for at least 20 minutes of swimming.
The eel-like robot
On a time scale longer than the period of beating, average swimming behavior is directional.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
Eventually, on larger time scales, direction is lost and swimming tra jectories resemble a random walk.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
Let us first recall the global dynamics of swimming, i.e. over time scales of the order of a few seconds.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
Cells swim in an almost fixed direction for a typical time of about one second.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
At short time scales, angle distribution peaks at around zero, characterizing the directional persistence in swimming tra jectories.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
This correlation time tc is related to the mean time of persistence over which the direction of swimming is preserved.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
The global dynamics of swimming of CR can thus be described as a correlated random walk characterized by a ballistic regime (with a mean velocity V ) and a decorrelation process (over a characteristic time tc ) due to the turns made by the cells.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
In these experiments, cells are swimming in a medium of viscosity η = 2.4mPa s so that their beating frequency is f = 14.3Hz. (b) Correlation functions of direction as defined in the text.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
To quantify the back-and-forth swimming motion of the cells, we measured the angle probability distribution function.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
In this work, we quantified the complex dynamics of swimming at short time scale using high speed microscopy imaging and particle tracking techniques.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
The particles cluster onto a network of caustic lines, analogous to the networks of optical caustics that can be seen on the bottom of a swimming pool .
Caustics in turbulent aerosols
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