He had also swum the river to the bar on the lower point of Monocacy Island, going almost the entire distance under water.
Had I swum another yard, I should have passed the boat, and missed her altogether!
Both ships and shore were too distant for him to have swum to either.
She brought them up the river; and then they were dumped into the water, and swum ashore.
Castellan had swum round, and they took her under the arms to give her a rest.
Old Whetstone was as wet at the end of ten minutes as if he had swum a river.
I had changed my clothes for the duck trousers and shirt which I had swum on board in, and I now remained quietly in the cabin.
How many times, surrounded by his friends, he had swum in the moonlight.
He had begun to undress, when Blake, who had swum half-way across the stream, gave a sudden cry.
He had learnt their sports and games; wrestled and swum and hunted with them.
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.
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).