Snow was like a swarm of white gnats hitting the windshield, the wipers hypnotically useless.
(Though the museum attempts to control the number of visitors with timed entries, there is usually a swarm).
“Moss might be used, were it not that it directly breeds a swarm of fleas,” he wrote.
Some, however, managed to stick around and make their case for the swarm in a corresponding thread.
One Libyan intelligence source has likened it to a “swarm of bees” accepting a new queen bee.
Those that have lately left their cells remain behind the swarm, still feeble, they could not support themselves in flight.
The moment a report of a gun is heard they'll swarm up to this room and get you.
With that swarm of disease-carrying flies in the house there was no possibility of any of the children escaping the infection.
A swarm surrounded the drug store, the glass door of which stood open.
Behind was only water and the swarm that passed to and fro through it.
"cloud of bees or other insects," Old English swearm, from Proto-Germanic *swarmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Low German swarm, Swedish svärm, Middle Dutch swerm, Old High German swarm, German Schwarm "swarm;" Old Norse svarmr "tumult"), usually derived from PIE imitative root *swer- (2) "to buzz, whisper" (see susurration) on notion of humming sound. But OED suggests possible connection with base of swerve and ground sense of "agitated, confused, or deflected motion."
"to climb by clasping with the arms and legs alternately," 1540s, perhaps originally a sailors' word, of uncertain origin. Also recorded as swarve (16c.) and in Northern dialects swarble, swarmle.
"to leave a hive to start another," late 14c., from swarm (n.). Related: Swarmed; swarming.