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

Other Words from backstroke

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 Buzz: Natalie Jordan swam the 100-meter backstroke in 1:14 for The Master’s Academy. Nate Marrero, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 Kylie Masse claimed Canada’s second gold on the fifth night of racing at the worlds by winning the women’s 50 backstroke in 27.31 – 0.08 ahead of American Katharine Berkoff and 0.09 ahead of French swimmer Analia Pigree. CiarÁn Fahey, ajc, 22 June 2022 Long earned All-American consideration in the 100 backstroke in Division 1 after winning the event in 49.89. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2021 Like his sister, Kellan Pattison also swims the 100 backstroke. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 Wynnewood’s Caleb VonWachter was the champion in the 13-14 boys 50-meter backstroke. Craig Clary, Baltimore Sun, 16 Aug. 2022 Lochte finished second in the 200 IM, second in the 4x100 freestyle relay, and third in the 200 backstroke., 3 July 2022 School, class: Clark, sophomore. Events: 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2022 The senior won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, and was a member of the Huskies’ state championship-winning 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay teams. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backstroke

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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