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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWARM

The moment a report of a gun is heard they'll swarm up to this room and get you.

A swarm surrounded the drug store, the glass door of which stood open.

And springing up, he ran to the bowsprit and began to swarm along it.

But the sprinkling was a swarm in the Twickenham cottage, and filled it.

A swarm of airships came into view, swirling in savage fight.

The swift fakes struck at her eyes and ears like a swarm of vicious flies.

Every swarm of meteors in the solar system was carefully plotted.

They're going to swarm in over when the enemy makes his first crack.

I have got away from the wasp's nest only to tumble into the middle of the swarm!

He rode off down the hill, surrounded by a swarm of fugitives, and vanished from their sight.

WORD ORIGIN

"cloud of bees or other insects," Old English swearm, from Proto-Germanic *swarmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Low German swarm, Swedish svärm, Middle Dutch swerm, Old High German swarm, German Schwarm "swarm;" Old Norse svarmr "tumult"), usually derived from PIE imitative root *swer- (2) "to buzz, whisper" (see susurration) on notion of humming sound. But OED suggests possible connection with base of swerve and ground sense of "agitated, confused, or deflected motion."

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