Meaning of SWIM in English


v. & n.

--v. (swimming; past swam; past part. swum)

1. intr. propel the body through water by working the arms and legs, or (of a fish) the fins and tail.

2 tr. a traverse (a stretch of water or its distance) by swimming. b compete in (a race) by swimming. c use (a particular stroke) in swimming.

3 intr. float on or at the surface of a liquid (bubbles swimming on the surface).

4 intr. appear to undulate or reel or whirl.

5 intr. have a dizzy effect or sensation (my head swam).

6 intr. (foll. by in, with) be flooded.


1. a spell or the act of swimming.

2 a deep pool frequented by fish in a river.

Phrases and idioms:

in the swim involved in or acquainted with what is going on. swim-bladder a gas-filled sac in fishes used to maintain buoyancy. swimming-bath (or -pool) an artificial indoor or outdoor pool for swimming. swimming-costume Brit. a garment worn for swimming.


swimmable adj. swimmer n.

Etymology: OE swimman f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.