verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
- swim against the current,
- swim bladder,
- swim fin,
- swim mask,
- swim with the tide
Origin of swim
Examples from the Web for swimmers
He provided a description of himself—blond, blue-eyed, healthy—and even offered up his swimmers at no cost.The Sperm Donor Trap: Should Your DNA Follow You for Life?|Lizzie Crocker|January 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Swimmers now enjoy its 12,000-square-meter aquatic theme park.Architectural White Elephants: Beijing, London, and the Post-Olympics Curse|Melinda Liu|August 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She lived in a dormitory, joining some 80 other swimmers; their practice sessions ran an exhausting five-and-a-half hours a day.China’s Olympic Soul-Searching: What the Games Have Taught the Country|Melinda Liu, Paul Mooney|August 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The top 16 swimmers from the heats progress to the semifinals, and the top eight then advance to the final.Austrian Markus Rogan: Olympic Swimming’s Dark Horse|Robin Arzón|July 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Not all swimmers were wearing these suits at championships, though, and races were becoming manifestly unfair.Why Ban Full-Body Olympics Swimsuits? A Scientist Explains Polyurethane|John D. Barrow|July 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When in this position, the swimmers begin to turn backward, using the arms the same is in the backward (single) somersault.Swimming Scientifically Taught|Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
It's a nice day for a swim, so I thought I'd come sell refreshments to the swimmers.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
If you see any swimmers in the water, pursue and pick them up.Dave Darrin on the Asiatic Station|H. Irving Hancock
Then went up a great cry and quickly naught could be seen save a few heads of swimmers dotting the blue water.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
The two other swimmers followed example, then all three dived off the twelve foot pontoon toward their floats.The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
verb swims, swimming, swam or swum
Word Origin for swim
Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).
In addition to the idioms beginning with swim
- swim against the current
- swim with the tide
- in the swim
- sink or swim