back·​stroke | \ ˈbak-ˌstrōk How to pronounce backstroke (audio) \

Definition of backstroke

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

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backstroker \ ˈbak-​ˌstrō-​kər How to pronounce backstroke (audio) \ noun

Examples of backstroke in a Sentence

She got into the pool and began to do the backstroke. She won the 50-meter backstroke.
Recent Examples on the Web Laufer also took home silver in the 100-meter backstroke. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 Katai won gold medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke at the 2019 African Junior Championships in Tunisia. Enock Muchinjo, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Rhyan White: Silver in the 200-meter backstroke in women’s swimming. Mark Inabinett |, al, 20 July 2021 In other finals Friday, Santa Clarita’s Abbey Weitzeil won the 100 freestyle, Annie Lazor took the 200 breaststroke and Murphy, as expected, captured the 200 backstroke. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Murphy set himself up to go for another backstroke-double in Japan, leading the entire race to post a winning time of 1 minute, 54.20 seconds. Paul Newberry,, 18 June 2021 Marshall won the 100 backstroke in 47.41, after finishing 10th a year ago. cleveland, 28 Feb. 2021 Murphy, 25, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley and a three-time Olympic gold medalist who qualified to compete in the 200m and 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games during the Team USA swimming trials in June. Jacorey Moon,, 1 July 2021 Her last victory is the women's 200 m backstroke during the Youth Olympic Games 2018. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of backstroke

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstroke was in 1863

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“Backstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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