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
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v 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

v move as if gliding through water

“this snake swims through the soil where it lives”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v 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
Antonyms:
go down, go under, settle, sink
go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
sink
cause to sink
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Types:
buoy
float on the surface of water
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v be covered with or submerged in a liquid

“the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy”
Synonyms:
drown
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be dizzy or giddy

“my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n 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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