Normally an air accident investigation would involve a swarm of hard-nosed engineers and scientists poring over wreckage.
(Though the museum attempts to control the number of visitors with timed entries, there is usually a swarm).
One Libyan intelligence source has likened it to a “swarm of bees” accepting a new queen bee.
Some, however, managed to stick around and make their case for the swarm in a corresponding thread.
The next few days will bring a swarm of volunteer lawyers to combat election day mischief.
Those that have lately left their cells remain behind the swarm, still feeble, they could not support themselves in flight.
We were in an instant surrounded by the whole bees of the swarm.
With that swarm of disease-carrying flies in the house there was no possibility of any of the children escaping the infection.
She was the delightful centre of interest to a swarm of hungry mosquitoes.
Behind was only water and the swarm that passed to and fro through it.
"cloud of bees or other insects," Old English swearm, from Proto-Germanic *swarmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Low German swarm, Swedish svärm, Middle Dutch swerm, Old High German swarm, German Schwarm "swarm;" Old Norse svarmr "tumult"), usually derived from PIE imitative root *swer- (2) "to buzz, whisper" (see susurration) on notion of humming sound. But OED suggests possible connection with base of swerve and ground sense of "agitated, confused, or deflected motion."
"to climb by clasping with the arms and legs alternately," 1540s, perhaps originally a sailors' word, of uncertain origin. Also recorded as swarve (16c.) and in Northern dialects swarble, swarmle.
"to leave a hive to start another," late 14c., from swarm (n.). Related: Swarmed; swarming.