Meaning of SWIM in English


I. ˈswim verb

( swam ˈswam ; swum ˈswəm ; swim·ming )

Etymology: Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman; akin to Old High German swimman to swim

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to propel oneself in water by natural means (as movements of the limbs, fins, or tail)

b. : to play in the water (as at a beach or swimming pool)

2. : to move with a motion like that of swimming : glide

a cloud swam slowly across the moon


a. : to float on a liquid : not sink

b. : to surmount difficulties : not go under

sink or swim , live or die, survive or perish — Daniel Webster

4. : to become immersed in or flooded with or as if with a liquid

potatoes swimming in gravy

5. : to have a floating or reeling appearance or sensation

transitive verb


a. : to cross by propelling oneself through water

swim a stream

b. : to execute in swimming

2. : to cause to swim or float

• swim·mer noun

II. noun

Date: 1599

1. : a smooth gliding motion

2. : an act or period of swimming

3. : a temporary dizziness or unconsciousness


a. : an area frequented by fish

b. : the main current of activity

in the swim

III. adjective

Date: 1924

: of, relating to, or used in or for swimming

a swim meet

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.