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swimming

[swim-ing] /ˈswɪm ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that swims.
2.
the skill or technique of a person who swims.
3.
the sport of swimming.
adjective
4.
pertaining to, characterized by, or capable of swimming.
5.
used in or for swimming:
swimming trunks.
6.
immersed in or overflowing with water or some other liquid.
7.
dizzy or giddy:
a swimming head.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English swimmende (adj.). See swim, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
swimmingness, noun
nonswimming, adjective

swim

[swim] /swɪm/
verb (used without object), swam, swum, swimming.
1.
to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc.
2.
to float on the surface of water or some other liquid.
3.
to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water.
4.
to move, glide, or go smoothly over a surface.
5.
to be immersed or steeped in or overflowing or flooded with a liquid:
eyes swimming with tears.
6.
to be dizzy or giddy; seem to whirl:
My head began to swim.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swimming.
7.
to move along in or cross (a body of water) by swimming:
to swim a lake.
8.
to perform (a particular stroke) in swimming:
to swim a sidestroke.
9.
to cause to swim or float, as on a stream.
10.
to furnish with sufficient water to swim or float.
noun
11.
an act, instance, or period of swimming.
12.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.
Idioms
13.
in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things:
Despite her age, she is still in the swim.
Origin
before 900; Middle English swimmen, Old English swimman; cognate with Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen, Old Norse svimma
Related forms
swimmable, adjective
swimmer, noun
nonswimmer, noun
outswim, verb, outswam, outswum, outswimming.
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Examples from the web for swimming
  • Then notice how the soothing palette mimics the sparkle and cool, watery blue of a swimming pool or water feature.
  • But in the longer term water quality must improve enough for swimming.
  • They now live in the water, sometimes totally submerged, then raising their heads above the surface or swimming upon it.
  • Now the river water was smooth for his swimming, and he came safely to its mouth.
  • swimming with dolphins is an enjoyable way to learn more about these sea mammals by actually getting into the water with them.
  • Clumsy in the water, while the raccoon was in its element, the dogs had to content themselves with swimming around it and barking.
  • Those who have any doubt at all about their water skills, he cautions, should start swimming laps.
  • No matter how much you know about swimming, there is only really one way to learn, and that is to get in the water.
  • Other water-based retreats include fresh water swimming areas and swimming pools.
  • Because swimming isn't safe here, it gets much less crowded than other beaches in the area.
British Dictionary definitions for swimming

swim

/swɪm/
verb swims, swimming, swam, swum
1.
(intransitive) to move along in water, etc, by means of movements of the body or parts of the body, esp the arms and legs, or (in the case of fish) tail and fins
2.
(transitive) to cover (a distance or stretch of water) in this way
3.
(transitive) to compete in (a race) in this way
4.
(intransitive) to be supported by and on a liquid; float
5.
(transitive) to use (a particular stroke) in swimming
6.
(intransitive) to move smoothly, usually through air or over a surface
7.
(intransitive) to reel or seem to reel: my head swam, the room swam around me
8.
(intransitive; often foll by in or with) to be covered or flooded with water or other liquid
9.
(intransitive) often foll by in. to be liberally supplied (with): he's swimming in money
10.
(transitive) to cause to float or swim
11.
(transitive) to provide (something) with water deep enough to float in
12.
swim against the tide, swim against the stream, to resist prevailing opinion
13.
swim with the tide, swim with the stream, to conform to prevailing opinion
noun
14.
the act, an instance, or period of swimming
15.
any graceful gliding motion
16.
a condition of dizziness; swoon
17.
a pool in a river good for fishing
18.
(informal) in the swim, fashionable or active in social or political activities
Derived Forms
swimmable, adjective
swimmer, noun
swimming, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle
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Word Origin and History for swimming
n.

verbal noun from swim (v.). Swimming hole is from 1867; swimming pool is from 1881.

swim

v.

Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."

The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.

n.

1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).

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Slang definitions & phrases for swimming

swim

verb

To perform well; succeed; fly: I didn't think the Harptones quite swam last time I saw them

[1970s+; perhaps fr sink or swim]


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