- pertaining to, characterized by, or capable of swimming.
- used in or for swimming: swimming trunks.
- immersed in or overflowing with water or some other liquid.
- dizzy or giddy: a swimming head.
Origin of swimming
- to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc.
- to float on the surface of water or some other liquid.
- to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water.
- to move, glide, or go smoothly over a surface.
- to be immersed or steeped in or overflowing or flooded with a liquid: eyes swimming with tears.
- to be dizzy or giddy; seem to whirl: My head began to swim.
- to move along in or cross (a body of water) by swimming: to swim a lake.
- to perform (a particular stroke) in swimming: to swim a sidestroke.
- to cause to swim or float, as on a stream.
- to furnish with sufficient water to swim or float.
- an act, instance, or period of swimming.
- a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.
- in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things: Despite her age, she is still in the swim.
Origin of swim
Related Words for swimmingfloating, natation, aquatics, vertigo, giddiness, dizziness, bathing, natant, natatorial, natatory
Examples from the Web for swimming
Contemporary Examples of swimming
Marvin takes off his T-shirt and dives into his swimming pool.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Obviously, Dominic West can carry on swimming as much as he likes.
His swimming led him back to meet the woman he had gently smiled at in the first episode.
One of the three, Ralph Goodwin, is said to have drowned while swimming at a beach outside Havana.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Each room has its own swimming pool and sliding walls made of glass.The Addictive Curse of ‘Let’s Plays’
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of swimming
Thoughts of crossing the stream by swimming occurred to him.Brave and Bold
Now the full moon had risen, and the world was swimming in silver light.Buried Cities, Part 2
The walls are painted with trees and birds and swimming fish and statues.
And the bathers plunge into the swimming tank with loud splashes.
There was a golden drinking cup with swimming fish on its sides.
- (intr) to move along in water, etc, by means of movements of the body or parts of the body, esp the arms and legs, or (in the case of fish) tail and fins
- (tr) to cover (a distance or stretch of water) in this way
- (tr) to compete in (a race) in this way
- (intr) to be supported by and on a liquid; float
- (tr) to use (a particular stroke) in swimming
- (intr) to move smoothly, usually through air or over a surface
- (intr) to reel or seem to reelmy head swam; the room swam around me
- (intr; often foll by in or with) to be covered or flooded with water or other liquid
- (intr often foll by in) to be liberally supplied (with)he's swimming in money
- (tr) to cause to float or swim
- (tr) to provide (something) with water deep enough to float in
- swim against the tide or swim against the stream to resist prevailing opinion
- swim with the tide or swim with the stream to conform to prevailing opinion
- the act, an instance, or period of swimming
- any graceful gliding motion
- a condition of dizziness; swoon
- a pool in a river good for fishing
- in the swim informal fashionable or active in social or political activities
Word Origin for swim
verbal noun from swim (v.). Swimming hole is from 1867; swimming pool is from 1881.
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