Pronunciation: (swôrm),[key] —n. 1. a body of honeybees that emigrate from a hive and fly off together, accompanied by a queen, to start a new colony.
2. a body of bees settled together, as in a hive.
3. a great number of things or persons, esp. in motion.
4. Biol.a group or aggregation of free-floating or free-swimming cells or organisms.
5. Geol.a cluster of earthquakes or other geologic phenomena or features.
—v.i. 1. to fly off together in a swarm, as bees.
2. to move about, along, forth, etc., in great numbers, as things or persons.
3. to congregate, hover, or occur in groups or multitudes; be exceedingly numerous, as in a place or area.
4. (of a place) to be thronged or overrun; abound or teem: The beach swarms with children on summer weekends. 5. Biol.to move or swim about in a swarm.
—v.t. 1. to swarm about, over, or in; throng; overrun.
2. to produce a swarm of.
Pronunciation: (swôrm),[key] —v.t., v.i. to climb by clasping with the legs and hands or arms and drawing oneself up; shin.