Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

backstroke

play
noun back·stroke \-ˌstrōk\

Simple Definition of backstroke

  • : a way of swimming in which a person floats in the water facing upward while kicking the legs and rotating the arms; also : a race in which the swimmers do the backstroke

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of backstroke

  1. :  a swimming stroke executed on the back and usually consisting of alternating circular arm pulls and a flutter kick

backstroker

play \-ˌstrō-kər\ noun

Examples of backstroke in a sentence

  1. She got into the pool and began to do the backstroke.

  2. She won the 50-meter backstroke.



1879

First Known Use of backstroke

1879


Learn More about backstroke


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up backstroke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

lazy frenetic philistine melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ