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swarm·ing

(swōrm'ing),
A progressive spreading by motile bacteria over the surface of a solid medium.
[A.S. swearm]

swarming

(sworm′ĭng)
The spread of bacteria over a culture medium.

swarming

1. a phenomenon observed in cultures of Proteus spp. on solid media in which there is progressive surface spreading from the parent colony.
2. the periodic bee migration of the old queen and accompanying workers and drones from a full original hive which is left to be fought over by the new young queens.
References in classic literature ?
In the distance could be seen the long front of the Ti, its immense piazza swarming with men, arrayed in every variety of fantastic costume, and all vociferating with animated gestures; while the whole interval between it and the place where I stood was enlivened by groups of females fancifully decorated, dancing, capering, and uttering wild exclamations.
For many hours the immediate vicinity of the low framework upon which I lay, had been literally swarming with rats.
The old Queen cried the Swarming Cry, which to a bee of good blood should be what the trumpet was to Job's war-horse.
How it was capped, and how desperately they worked to feed and double-feed the now swarming Oddities, lest any break in the food-supplies should set them to instituting inquiries, which, with songs about work, was their favourite amusement.
From the roofs of these palaces there hung myriads of gems, liked diamonds, but larger than men; and in among the streets of towers and pyramids and temples, there flowed immense rivers as black as ebony, and swarming with fish that had no eyes.
Later there had been the stroll down to the field in the shade of the waning afternoon, to find out what time the men would be in for supper; and the sheer delight of breathing in the pungent smell of the straw as it came flying from the funnel, looking, with the sinking sun shining through it, like a million bees swarming from a hive, while the red-brown grain gushed, a lush stream, into the waiting wagon.
The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming, and whirring, and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid, and on both sides they advanced against each other.
We still were fighting furiously as we talked in broken sentences, punctured with vicious cuts and thrusts at our swarming enemy.
At length he yielded, for it seemed the only way in which either of us might be saved from the ever-increasing numbers of our assailants, who were still swarming upon us from all directions across the broad valley.
A sound as of the beating of distant drums--a murmur of swarming voices, a sharp, far cry signing all to silence, and Halpin Frayser dreamed that he was dead.
He told me to look outside so I stuck my head out and I could see they were swarming everywhere.
The Kilobots' swarming ability can be compared with that of starlings flocking together in cloud-like "murmurations" or ants creating rafts and bridges with their bodies.