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a- +‎ swarm


aswarm (comparative more aswarm, superlative most aswarm)

  1. Filled or overrun (with moving objects or beings).
    • 1882, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Sonnets on English Dramatic Poets, “Ben Jonson,” in Tristram of Lyonesse, and other poems, Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1904, p. 309,[1]
      The mountain where thy Muse’s feet made warm
      Those lawns that revelled with her dance divine
      Shines yet with fire as it was wont to shine
      From tossing torches round the dance aswarm.
    • 1899, Rudyard Kipling, Stalky & Co., “The Impressionists,”[2]
      The juniors hurried out like bees aswarm, asking no questions, clattered up the staircase, and added themselves to the embroilment.
    • 1930, Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men, Chapter IV, 3.,[3]
      Over all the more populous districts the air was ever aswarm with planes up to a height of five miles, where the giant air-liners plied between the continents.
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, “Blood at Midnight,”
      He banished all irrelevancies from his canalised mind. His great ham of a face was tickling as though aswarm with insects, but there was no room left in his brain to receive the messages which his nerve endings were presumably delivering—his brain was full.