verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of swarm1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of swarm2
Examples from the Web for swarm
He was prepared to swarm the island—not directly, but through Brooklyn.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Stalwarts hoped to swarm the convention and force a challenge to the delegate roll.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics|Michael Wolraich|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he struck, Brown wrote, “The bees will begin to swarm.”When Robert E. Lee Met John Brown and Saved the Union|Michael Korda|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While he was doing that, Marion Barry was still holding court for a swarm of reporters back towards the stage.20 Years After Marion Barry, D.C. Voters Boot a Scandal-Tainted Mayor|Ben Jacobs|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Normally an air accident investigation would involve a swarm of hard-nosed engineers and scientists poring over wreckage.
The parasites and harpies which M. de Cherville had kept at bay came down upon him like a swarm of locusts.An Englishman in Paris|Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Kenniston, unable to turn from the life-or-death business of threading the swarm, heard the Jovian fighting furiously.The World with a Thousand Moons|Edmond Hamilton
The cause of her peevishness was a swarm of intensely active flies.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
Peterkin was quite safe, hugging the bottom of the shell crater under a swarm of hornets.The Last Shot|Frederick Palmer
Mr. Colton's patent hive, it is said, can be made to swarm "at any time within two days," merely for want of room.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained|M. Quinby
Word Origin for swarm
Word Origin for swarm
"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.