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Definition of Swim


  1. To be supported by water or other fluid; not to sink; to float; as, any substance will swim, whose specific gravity is less than that of the fluid in which it is immersed.
  2. To move progressively in water by means of strokes with the hands and feet, or the fins or the tail.
  3. To be overflowed or drenched.
  4. Fig.: To be as if borne or floating in a fluid.
  5. To be filled with swimming animals.
  6. To pass or move over or on by swimming; as, to swim a stream.
  7. To cause or compel to swim; to make to float; as, to swim a horse across a river.
  8. To immerse in water that the lighter parts may float; as, to swim wheat in order to select seed.
  9. The act of swimming; a gliding motion, like that of one swimming.
  10. The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.
  11. A part of a stream much frequented by fish.
  12. To be dizzy; to have an unsteady or reeling sensation; as, the head swims.

Swim Quotations

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
Alan Watts

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. - Thomas Jefferson
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
Lyndon B. Johnson

I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
Nina Simone

This is my 20th year in the sport. I've known swimming and that's it. I don't want to swim past age 30; if I continue after this Olympics, and come back in 2016, I'll be 31. I'm looking forward to being able to see the other side of the fence.
Michael Phelps
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Swim Translations

swim in Afrikaans is swem, dryf
swim in Dutch is zwemmen, drijven
swim in Finnish is uida
swim in French is nager, baignade, nagent, nageons, nagez
swim in German is schwimmen
swim in Italian is nuotare, fanno il bagno
swim in Portuguese is nadar, nadada
swim in Spanish is ba ar, nadar
swim in Swedish is simma
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