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parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large number of insects moving together in a group.
A swarm of locusts descended on the field.
definition 2: a colony of honeybees migrating to or settled in a hive.
The swarm left the hive for another.
colony, hive
definition 3: a group of people, animals, or things, esp. in motion; throng.
The resort towns are filled with swarms of tourists at this time of year.A swarm of sea gulls seemed to take over the beach.
flock, horde, shoal, throng
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: swarms, swarming, swarmed
definition 1: to come together or move as a large group or mass, as insects or birds.
Locusts swarmed over the area, and farmers rushed to try to protect their crops.
similar words:
agglomerate, aggregate, crowd, flock, horde, throng
definition 2: of bees, to move from a hive in a swarm.
The bees have swarmed, and their old hive is now empty.
definition 3: to be covered or crowded; teem.
The beach was swarming with teenagers.
abound, bristle, teem
similar words:
burst, bustle, crawl, flock, jump, pullulate
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to overrun or crowd; throng into or over.
The audience was swarming the stage.
overrun, throng
similar words:
crowd, invade
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derivation: swarmer (n.)
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