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swimming Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of swimming
    swim.
    • it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool
  2. verb travel through water
    swim.
    • We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore
    • a big fish was swimming in the tank
  3. verb be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    swim; float.
  4. verb be dizzy or giddy
    swim.
    • my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne
  5. verb be covered with or submerged in a liquid
    swim; drown.
    • the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy
  6. verb move as if gliding through water
    swim.
    • this snake swims through the soil where it lives
  7. adjective satellite filled or brimming with tears
    liquid.
    • swimming eyes
    • sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid
  8. adjective satellite applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    naiant.
WordNet

Swim"ming adjective
Definitions
  1. That swims; capable of swimming; adapted to, or used in, swimming; as, a swimming bird; a swimming motion.
  2. Suffused with moisture; as, swimming eyes.
Swim"ming noun
Definitions
  1. The act of one who swims.
Swim"ming adjective
Etymology
From Swim to be dizzy.
Definitions
  1. Being in a state of vertigo or dizziness; as, a swimming brain.
Swim"ming noun
Definitions
  1. Vertigo; dizziness; as, a swimming in the head. Dryden.

Webster 1913