swarm


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swarm

  1. a group of social insects, especially bees led by a queen, that has left the parent hive in order to start a new colony
  2. a large mass of small animals, especially insects.
  3. ability of certain MICROORGANISMS to move in a collective and ordered manner across a surface. For example, colonies of Proteus swarm in a series of concentric rings across an AGAR plate.
References in classic literature ?
The fact is, where you strike one man in the English settlements that you can understand, you wade through awful swarms that talk something you can't make head nor tail of.
The little swarm shivered as they watched the dwarf drone-grubs squirm feebly on the grass.
As frame after frame followed it, the swarm beheld the upheaval, exposure, and destruction of all that had been well or ill done in every cranny of their Hive for generations past.
In a little narrow street, crowded with our pack-mules and with a swarm of uncouth Arabs, we alighted, and through a kind of a hole in the wall entered the hotel.
Here another hung with its screw fighting off the swordsman from a swarm of flying-machines.
The swarm of Bronnitskis and Wintzingerodes and their like still further embittered the relations between the commanders in chief, and even less unity resulted.
Behind them, streaming through the pass which leads into the valley, came a swarm of hairy men--gorilla-like creatures armed with spears and hatchets, and bearing long, oval shields.
Yes," explained Ghek, "all of us are from Luud's eggs, just as all the swarm of Moak are from Moak's eggs.
A swarm of hungry blood-sucking flies settled upon him.
With wonder and admiration, Alleyne, leaning over the bulwarks, gazed at the forest of masts, the swarm of boats darting hither and thither on the bosom of the broad curving stream, and the gray crescent-shaped city which stretched with many a tower and minaret along the western shore.
At first we thought that it was smoke from some great fire on the plains; but we soon found that it was a swarm of locusts.
Swarms of flies rose and settled, or flew back and forth in clouds.