Swim vs. Swimming

Swim vs. Swimming — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Swim and Swimming

Swimverb

(intransitive) To move through the water, without touching the bottom; to propel oneself in water by natural means.

Swimmingnoun

The act or art of sustaining and propelling the body in water.

Swimverb

(intransitive) To become immersed in, or as if in, or flooded with, or as if with, a liquid

swimming in self-pitya bare few bits of meat swimming in watery sauce

Swimmingnoun

The state of being dizzy or in vertigo.

the swimming of my head the day after heavy drinking

Swimverb

(intransitive) To move around freely because of excess space.

Swimmingnoun

the act of swimming

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Swimverb

(transitive) To traverse (a specific body of water, or a specific distance) by swimming; or, to utilize a specific swimming stroke; or, to compete in a specific swimming event.

For exercise, we like to swim laps around the pool.I want to swim the 200-yard breaststroke in the finals.

Swimmingadjective

filled or brimming with tears;

swimming eyeswatery eyessorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid

Swimverb

To cause to swim.

to swim a horse across a riverHalf of the guinea pigs were swum daily.

Swimmingadjective

applied to a fish depicted horizontally

Swimverb

To float.

sink or swim

Swimverb

(intransitive) To be overflowed or drenched.

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Swimverb

(transitive) To immerse in water to make the lighter parts float.

to swim wheat in order to select seed

Swimverb

To test (a suspected witch) by throwing into a river; those who floated rather than sinking were deemed to be witches.

Swimverb

(intransitive) To glide along with a waving motion.

Swimverb

(intransitive) To be dizzy or vertiginous; have a giddy sensation; to have, or appear to have, a whirling motion.

My head was swimming after drinking two bottles of cheap wine.

Swimnoun

An act or instance of swimming.

I'm going for a swim.

Swimnoun

The sound, or air bladder, of a fish.

Swimnoun

(UK) A part of a stream much frequented by fish.

Swimnoun

A dance move of the 1960s in which the arms are moved in a freestyle swimming manner.

Swimnoun

A dizziness; swoon.

Swimnoun

used as a way to avoid self-designation or self-incrimination, especially in online drug forums

Swimnoun

the act of swimming

Swimverb

travel through water;

We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shorea big fish was swimming in the tank

Swimverb

be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink