- swimswim1 [swim]vi.swam, swum, swimming [ME swimmen < OE swimman, akin to Ger schwimmen < IE base * swem-, to move vigorously, be in motion > Welsh chwyfio, to move]1. to move through water by movements of the arms and legs, or of flippers, fins, tail, etc.2. to move with a smooth, gliding motion, as though swimming3. to float on the surface of a liquid4. to be covered or saturated with or as with a liquid5. to overflow; be flooded [eyes swimming with tears]vt.1. to move in or across (a body of water) by swimming2. to cause to swim or float3. to perform (a specified stroke) in swimmingn.1. the act or motion of swimming2. a period of swimming for sport [a short swim before lunch]3. a distance swum or to be swum4. short for SWIM BLADDERadj.Informal of or for swimming [swim trunks]——————in the swimconforming to the current fashions, or active in the main current of affairsswimmableadj.swimmern.swim2 [swim]n.[ME swime < OE swima, akin to Du zwijmen, to faint < IE base * swei-, to bend, turn > SWIFT]the condition of being dizzy; dizzy spellvi.swam, swum, swimming1. to be dizzy [the excitement made my head swim]2. to have a hazy, reeling, or whirling appearance [the room swam before me]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.