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. 2012