ETYM Old Eng. swime dizziness, vertigo, as. swîma; akin to Dutch zwijm, Icel. svimi dizziness, svina to subside, svîa to abate, German schwindel dizziness, schwinden to disappear, to dwindle, Old High Germ. swînan to dwindle. Related to Squemish, Swindler.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: swam, swum).
1. To get on top of; deal with successfully; SYN. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master.
2. To travel through water.