swarm

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Pronunciation[change]

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Noun[change]

Singular
swarm

Plural
swarms

  1. A swarm is a group of many insects, especially flying insects like bees, wasps or flies.
    He walked on a wasp nest and was attacked by the swarm.
  2. Less commonly, a swarm can also be a group of fish or birds.
    When attacked, sardinas group into compact swarms to protect themselves.
  3. A crowd of people or animals moving in a chaotic way.
  4. (metaphorical) A large collection of similar objects.
    By observing the sky with telescopes, astronomers can see swarms of stars.

Verb[change]

Plain form
swarm

Third-person singular
swarms

Past tense
swarmed

Past participle
swarmed

Present participle
swarming

  1. (intransitive) To move as a swarm.
    I felt disgusted when I saw all these flies swarming on this dead body.
  2. (intransitive) When there are to many insects in a place.
    Fire ants swarm in the Southern United States since man accidentally brought some with him by ship.
  3. (transitive) To fill a place as a swarm.
    Ants are swarming the kitchen since we let food accessible.
  4. (transitive); (military) To overcome an enemy with number.