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  1. swarm
    IPA[swôrm]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. (of insects) move in or form a swarm:

      a plague of locusts swarmed across the countryside
    • 2. (of honeybees, ants, or termites) issue from the nest in large numbers with a newly fertilized queen in order to found new colonies:

      the bees had swarmed and left the hive
    • 3. move somewhere in large numbers:

      protesters were swarming into the building
    • 4. (of a place) be crowded or overrun with (moving people or things):

      the place was swarming with police
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: swarm, 3rd person present: swarms, gerund or present participle: swarming, past tense: swarmed, past participle: swarmed

  4. Phrase

    • noun

      a large or dense group of flying insects:

      a large number of honeybees that leave a hive en masse with a newly fertilized queen in order to establish a new colony.

    • verb

      (of flying insects) move in or form a swarm:

      (of honeybees, ants, or termites) issue from the nest in large numbers in order to mate and found new colonies:

    • climb (something) rapidly by gripping it with one's hands and feet, alternately hauling and pushing oneself upward
    • climb (something) rapidly by gripping it with one's hands and feet, alternately hauling and pushing oneself upwards
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