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swarm

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Insects
swarmswarm1 /swɔːm $ swɔːrm/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 HBIa large group of insects, especially bees, moving together2 CROWDa crowd of people who are moving quicklyswarm of 🔊 Swarms of tourists jostled through the square.
Examples from the Corpus
swarm• When the adventurers move from 5d to either 5c or 5e they are attacked by a swarm of shadowy, ethereal forms.• Picked out in silhouette is a swarm, a veritable plague, of humanity.• Outside the school a swarm of small children ran around shouting and laughing.• Jaq scanned another swarm of these hybrids, on the rampage with guns and blades.• Bee swarms, on the other hand, evoke another sort of awe.• Violet receives a great swarm of attention wherever we go.• An average-sized locust swarm devours in the region of 20,000 tons of vegetation every day.• Thousands of individuals, each not quite as big as a housefly make up the swarm.• But family therapists are also aware how profoundly these swarms of narratives can affect what we see and therefore how we live.swarm of• Swarms of tourists visit the resort every summer.• a swarm of locusts
Related topics: Insects
swarmswarm2 verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1 [always + adverb/preposition]CROWDGO if people swarm somewhere, they go there as a large uncontrolled crowd 🔊 Photographers were swarming around the princess.2 HBIif bees swarm, they leave a hive (=place where they live) in a large group to look for another home → swarm with somebody/something
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Examples from the Corpus
swarm• The birds returned, invaded Bird Spirit Land and flocked and swarmed above the funeral pyre.• Hundreds of refugees swarmed across the border.• Flies swarmed around him.• But despite their lack of education groups of children aged six to 12 swarmed around the machine all day.• In one scene, giant grasshoppers swarm atop the Wrigley Building in Chicago.• More and more monsters swarmed down from the glowing mountains.• Amid the barren ocean floor swarmed legions of bizarre, new animals.• I wandered through a poverty-stricken village in the countryside, flies swarming over me under a baking sun.• Reporters swarmed the area outside the courtroom.• Every day tourists swarm through the narrow streets of the old city.• They swarmed to the back by the dozen, chucking packets of Marlboro across the rows.• The cobbled beaches swarmed with seals, and there was, as well, a fine colony of otters.
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Verb table
swarm
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyswarm
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyswarmed
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Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave swarmed
he, she, ithas swarmed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad swarmed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill swarm
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have swarmed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam swarming
he, she, itis swarming
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you, we, theyare swarming
Past
I, he, she, itwas swarming
you, we, theywere swarming
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been swarming
he, she, ithas been swarming
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been swarming
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be swarming
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been swarming
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