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Aswarm

[ə-SWARM]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: English, 19th century

1.

Crowded; full of moving beings or objects

Examples of Aswarm in a sentence

"The hive was aswarm with bees, but the beekeeper was protected by a heavy veil and thick clothing."

"So many people arrived for the store’s sale that the parking lot was aswarm with customers and cars."

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About Aswarm

“Aswarm” was formed in English by adding the prefix “a-,” indicating increasing intensity, to the English word “swarm.”

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The key component of “aswarm” is “swarm,” which is connected to a variety of similar terms in several languages, including Old English (“swearm”), proto-Germanic (“swarmaz”), Saterland Frisian (“swoorm”), Danish (“sværm”), Swedish (“svärm”), and Icelandic (“svarmur”). All these terms are synonymous with “swarm” in English — meaning “multitude” or “a mass of individuals,” as well as the verb describing a multitude acting as one. The English addition of the prefix “a-” to “swarm” is intended to emphasize the activity and intensity of the swarm, and is similar to the adjective “swarming,” which means “moving in or forming a large or dense group.”

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