backstroke

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noun back·stroke \-ˌstrōk\

Definition of backstroke

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

backstroker

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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.

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First Known Use of backstroke

1863


BACKSTROKE Defined for English Language Learners

backstroke

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Definition of backstroke for English Language Learners

  • : 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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