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 backstroker (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 In 2016, Carmel broke the national record for consecutive state championships, and Adams missed the national prep record in the 100-yard backstroke by just 0.22 seconds. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel swimmer Claire Adams retires at 21, didn't need Olympics to leave legacy," 13 July 2020 His time of 47 seconds in the 100 backstroke was a state record. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Check out the complete list of 2019-20 Courier Journal Sports Awards winners," 18 June 2020 Noble took home the Division II state championships in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.60) and 100-yard backstroke (52.73). Mark Faller, azcentral, "Daschbach, Thrun win top honors at azcentral Sports Awards show," 18 June 2020 Cole won state championships in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Check out the complete list of 2019-20 Courier Journal Sports Awards winners," 18 June 2020 The buzz: The 2019 backstroke state champion (50.51) won the event by more than 2 seconds at the Oakland County meet with a record time (50.16) and set an OAA White Division record (50.66) in the event. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the boys swimming nominees," 13 June 2020 Her current world rankings, based on 2019-20 times, are No. 7 in the 200-meter backstroke and No. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU swim coach Bob Bowman favors postponing Olympics until 2021," 20 Mar. 2020 Freshman Kendall Pickering made Hinsdale Central’s biggest individual splash by finishing fourth in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 55.96. Steve Reaven,, "Girls swimming notes: Lyons senior Callahan Dunn claims 200 IM title at state meet," 24 Nov. 2019 Lochte is entered to race the 200 and 400 individual medleys, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 fly. Torrey Hart,, "Olympic Champion Ryan Lochte Set to Return to Racing After Ban," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of backstroke

1863, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Backstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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