Swarm

Definition of Swarm

v. i.1.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.
- W. Coxe.
n.1.A large number or mass of small animals or insects, especially when in motion.
2.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.
3.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].
- Addison.
v. i.1.To collect, and depart from a hive by flight in a body; - said of bees; as, bees swarm in warm, clear days in summer.
[imp. & p. p. Swarmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Swarming.]
2.To appear or collect in a crowd; to throng together; to congregate in a multitude.
3.To be crowded; to be thronged with a multitude of beings in motion.
Every place swarms with soldiers.
- Spenser.
4.To abound; to be filled (with).
5.To breed multitudes.
Not so thick swarmed once the soil
Bedropped with blood of Gorgon.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To crowd or throng.

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