Antonyms for swarmed

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They were densely crowded aft, and swarmed upon the poop-deck like bees.

Jed had swarmed over the bench and once more pinned him fast.

Got so they kind of swarmed first of every summer, like June bugs.

They crowded to the bulwarks of the waist-deck and swarmed upon the rat-lines of the mainmast.

She couldn't have answered the question, and it was precisely one of those that swarmed.

The lake was the abode of innumerable waterfowl of all kinds, and swarmed also with fish.

Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.

They swarmed to the courtyard wall and raised ladders to its summit.

They found Joe's coat-tails an excellent bridge, and swarmed up them.

At Skagway the army of "stampeders" swarmed up into the mountains.

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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