swim

Definitions

General English

Computing

  • noun computer graphics which move slightly due to a faulty display unit

Sports

  • noun a period of time spent swimming, usually for pleasure or exercise

Travel

  • verb to move through water using your arms and legs to make you go forward

Origin & History of “swim”

together with German schwimmen, Dutch zwemmen, Swedish simma, and Danish svømme, swim goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *swemjan, a derivative of the same base as produced Old Norse sund ‘swimming’ (source of English sound ‘channel, strait’). A link with Welsh chwyfio ‘stir, wave, brandish’ has been suggested.
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