swim

When you move yourself through the water using your arms and legs, you swim. If you live near the ocean, it's probably a good idea to learn how to swim.

You might decide to swim across the English Channel, or, if you're a little less adventurous, just swim in your town's swimming pool. When things appear to be submerged as if underwater, they swim too: "I like it when the mashed potatoes swim in gravy." And when something appears fuzzy or whirling, it also seems to swim: "I was so tired the equations on the chalkboard began to swim." The root of swim means "to be in motion."

Definitions of swim
  1. verb
    travel through water
    “We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore”
    “a big fish was swimming in the tank”
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    school
    swim in or form a large group of fish
    break water, fin
    show the fins above the water while swimming
    fin
    propel oneself through the water in a finning motion
    paddle
    swim like a dog in shallow water
    crawl
    swim by doing the crawl
    breaststroke
    swim with the face down and extend the arms forward and outward while kicking with the leg
    backstroke
    swim on one's back
    skinny-dip
    bathe in the nude
    dive
    swim under water
    skin-dive
    swim underwater with no breathing apparatus other than a snorkel
    snorkel
    dive with a snorkel
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    move as if gliding through water
    “this snake swims through the soil where it lives”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    synonyms: float
    float
    move lightly, as if suspended
    float
    set afloat
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    go down, go under, settle, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
    sink
    cause to sink
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    buoy
    float on the surface of water
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    be covered with or submerged in a liquid
    “the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy”
    synonyms: drown
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    be dizzy or giddy
    “my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne”
    synonyms: reel
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. noun
    the act of swimming
    “"it was the swimming they enjoyed most": "they took a short swim in the pool”
    synonyms: swimming
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    bathe
    the act of swimming
    skinny-dip
    a naked swim
    dip, plunge
    a brief swim in water
    dive, diving
    a headlong plunge into water
    floating, natation
    the act of someone who floats on the water
    skin diving, skin-dive
    underwater swimming without any more breathing equipment than a snorkel
    dead-man's float, prone float
    a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
    belly flop, belly flopper, belly whop, belly whopper
    a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
    cliff diving
    diving into the water from a steep overhanging cliff
    flip
    a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
    full gainer, gainer
    a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
    half gainer
    a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
    jackknife
    a dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out
    swallow dive, swan dive
    a dive in which the diver arches the back with arms outstretched before entering the water
    scuba diving
    skin diving with scuba apparatus
    snorkel diving, snorkeling
    skin diving with a snorkel
    type of:
    aquatics, water sport
    sports that involve bodies of water
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