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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Other Words from backstroke

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.

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The solid, but still-developing Harvey helped make sure of that, delivering blue ribbon swims in both the 100 freestyle (51.01) and 100 backstroke (56.47). Ken Grosse, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star-driven LCC girls team captures school’s first CIF swimming and diving banner," 9 May 2019 CovCath won the 200 medley relay, Junior Ethan Hanna won the 200 free and 100 backstroke. James Weber,, "Regional championships on the line in swimming, wrestling," 9 Feb. 2018 Montag described his river swimming technique as a combination of backstroke and breaststroke. Katie Vogel,, "Ohio River flood: Man dives in," 21 Feb. 2018 Sophomore Tanner Pulice was second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke. Daily Pilot Staff,, "High school roundup: Newport Harbor, CdM earn top seeds in CIF Division 1 boys' volleyball playoffs," 5 May 2018 Senior Lauren Carag finished ninth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.16. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Swimming: Klein girls place fourth, boys fifth at state meet in Austin," 22 Feb. 2018 Thoughts of a Leviathan dragging me under sent me quickly in reverse, swimming backstroke under massive stalactites hanging two stories above like divebombing dragons. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Farrar won both his freeestyle races, and Nixdorf won the backstroke with a second-place finish in the butterfly. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine/Oconomowoc hockey teams both on fire," 18 Jan. 2018 In the immediate future are more events — the 50-meter butterfly and the 200 backstroke — then thinking about university and more swimming either in the United States or Australia. John Pye, Fox News, "Testing time for Sri Lanka swimmer Peiris at Asian Games," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of backstroke

1863, in the meaning defined above

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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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