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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swimmer a person who travels through the water by swimming "he is not a good swimmer"
    • n swimmer a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets "he was an Olympic swimmer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest
    • Swimmer (Far) A protuberance on the leg of a horse.
    • Swimmer (Zoöl) A swimming bird; one of the natatores.
    • Swimmer One who swims.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Fish, in contrast, have been clocked at 68 mph
    • n swimmer One who swims.
    • n swimmer An animal which is well adapted for swimming, or which swims habitually. Specifically— In ornithology, a swimming bird; a natatorial web-footed or fin-footed bird; any member of the old order Natatores; a water-fowl.
    • n swimmer A protuberance on the leg of a horse.
    • n swimmer Something that swims or floats or is used as a float.
    • n swimmer In brewing, a metallic vessel floated on the wort in a fermenting-tun, and used to hold ice or iced water for absorbing the heat produced by the fermentation.
    • n swimmer A swimming-bladder.
    • n swimmer The light bag, usually cigar-shaped or fish-shaped, within an open net of cords, which incloses buoyant gas and is employed to support the machinery and crew of a dirigible balloon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Toronto, Ontario was home to the biggest swimming pool in the world in 1925. It held 2000 swimmers, and was 300ft x 75ft. It is still in operation.
    • ns Swimmer one who swims: a web-footed aquatic bird
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swimman; Ger. schwimmen.


In literature:

Both men were expert and rapid swimmers.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
Dobbs, a poor swimmer, after a moment's hesitation, followed his example.
"Sea Urchins" by W. W. Jacobs
The swift current carried the swimmer downstream rapidly.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
They were all good swimmers.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I am a good swimmer, and with a few strokes I caught the chains.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
Further out in the river the disturbance was so marked that it would have caused some annoyance even to a strong swimmer.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
For his size, he was the best swimmer and diver among dogs I ever saw.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
The strongest and best swimmer must make the attempt.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
With a yell he went overboard, and, being no swimmer, would have drowned had not one of the blue-coated officers flung a lifebuoy.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
It seemed that I struggled to wakefulness as a spent swimmer struggles toward shore.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
I had learnt to swim, and, for a boy, was a good average swimmer.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
At each trip a good swimmer trailed along, hanging to the painter of the canoe.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
I crouched down to watch the better, and out yonder on the lake I saw the head and arms of a swimmer.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Owen, though still inferior to Langton, soon became an expert swimmer.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
Among the swimmers was the boy Red.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
I know him; he is young Broke, a famous swimmer.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
A fair swimmer, she had been powerless in the rapids.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Like the rhinoceros, it delights in water, is a good swimmer and diver, and enjoys wallowing in the mud.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Every boy in the squadron was a swimmer.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
I always considered myself to be a good swimmer, but I was no match for the Indians.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge

In poetry:

As o'er the vessel's side she leant,
She saw the swimmer in the sea
With eager eyes on her intent,
"Come down, come down and swim with me."
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
But the swimmer's soul is a thing possessed,
His soul is naked as his breast,
Remembers not its east and west,
And ponders this way, I have guessed:
"The Swimmer" by John Crowe Ransom
I let go all holds then, and sank
like a hopeless swimmer into the earth,
and at last came fully into the ease
and the joy of that place,
all my lost ones returning.
"Song in a Year of Catastrophe" by R S Thomas
Such-like I love—I loosen myself, pass freely, am at the mother's
breast with the little child,
Swim with the swimmers, wrestle with wrestlers, march in line with
the firemen, and pause, listen, and count.
"I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman
The cloud has shed its waters, the brook comes swollen down;
You see it by the lightning--a river wide and brown.
Around a struggling swimmer the eddies dash and roar,
Till, seizing on a willow, he leaps upon the shore.
"The Count Of Griers" by William Cullen Bryant
TO move, Alaciel readily agreed;
Again our couple ventured to proceed;
The casket safe in tow; the weather hot;
From rock to rock with care our swimmer got;
The princess, anxious on his back to keep:—
New mode of traversing the wat'ry deep.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Olympians inspire young swimmers in Amsterdam (with photo gallery).
Some swimmers say there are more sea lions at the Cove than in the past.
Street was a competitive swimmer at Wilsonville High School who didn't break out as a pole vault er until near the end of her senior season.
Only two finals session are left at this year's US Open Championships, but the swimmers are just getting warmed up.
After more than a quarter-mile of intensity spanning four races, Westlake swimmer Samantha Tucker had plenty of energy left.
OFF THE WALL kicks off this week with more talk from Nathan Jendrick and Felipe Delgado about Ryan Lochte, as well as the potential for swimmers to transition into entertainment venues.
Whether you are novice swimmer, a groupie fan of the United States Olympic Swim Team 'Call Me Maybe' video, know a youngster anxious to learn the competitive strokes, a tri-athlete looking for.
SEATTLE, Washington, August 23 THE majority of swimmers who make up Team USA have a problem with money.
Lifeguards keep close eye on swimmers because of rip currents.
"My dream is to be an Olympic swimmer," said Carlee Sanchez-Hegarty, 11, who attends Huber Street Elementary School in Secaucus.
The beach has some hidden dangers swimmers need to know about.
Swimmer Caught in Rip Current Despite Red Flag Warning.
Swimmers, Staff Battle the Elements to Complete a Successful 2012 In Search of Memphre.
Dan Smalls Presents Great Lake Swimmers with Snowblink.
This week a panel of 35 ESPN experts ranked the top 30 US Summer Olympic athletes of all time, with swimmer Michael Phelps coming out on top.

In science:

According to Eq. (23), the swimmer moves in the direction opposite to the traveling wave.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Using the linearity of Stokes flow, at any instant we may decompose the flow field generated by the swimmer into a “drag flow” and a “thrust flow,” v = vd + vt .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The drag flow is the flow induced by freezing the shape of the swimmer and towing it at velocity U with a force F, to be determined.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
At zero Reynolds number, the effect of a nearby rigid wall is to increase the swimming speed as the gap between the swimmer and the wall decreases, for prescribed waveform .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
However, if the swimmer operates at constant power, the swimming speed decreases as the gap size decreases .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
All the calculations of the previous subsection are valid when the amplitude of the deflection of the swimmer is small.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Despite the limitations of local drag theory, we will see that it is useful for calculating the shapes of beating flagella and the speeds of swimmers.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Thus, the problem is to find the flow velocity U that yields zero net force and moment on the swimmer.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
In real swimmers, there is a transverse component of the velocity and a rotation, which both play an important role in determining the swimmer’s tra jectory and the shape of the flagellum [96, 97].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Since the swimmer has finite length, we can define the efficiency as the ratio of the power required to drag the swimmer with a frozen shape though the liquid at speed U to the average rate of work done by the swimmer.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Conversely, the relative velocity of the two swimmers are aligned along their swimming direction (θ = 0) scales as ∆ualigned ∼ p/ηr2, and the sign of the resulting attraction/repulsion is reversed.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
This is a weaker effect (decaying faster in space), but important for artificial swimmers with no permanent dipoles [174].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Indeed, for the Taylor sheet geometry, we mentioned in §5.1 that the presence of a nearby wall speeds up the swimmer with a prescribed waveform.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Here consider this matter further for a swimmer that has no head, and swims using planar waves on a flagellum.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
If alternatively the swimmer is assumed to swim with constant power, then the presence of a boundary leads in general to a decrease of the swimming speed, leading to a decrease of the swimming efficiency except for some special flagellar waveforms [94, 205].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms