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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

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

We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone - because we have the impulse to explain who we are.
Maya Angelou

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

Don't be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground.
Kim Young-ha

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.
Frida Kahlo
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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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