breast·​stroke | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌstrōk How to pronounce breaststroke (audio) \

Definition of breaststroke

: a swimming stroke executed in a prone position by coordinating a kick in which the legs are brought forward with the knees together and the feet are turned outward and whipped back with a glide and a backward sweeping movement of the arms

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Other Words from breaststroke

breaststroker \ ˈbres(t)-​ˌstrō-​kər How to pronounce breaststroker (audio) \ noun

Examples of breaststroke in a Sentence

I'll be competing in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Recent Examples on the Web Manual won all 12 events and got multiple wins from freshman Jenna Brown (200 free, 100 butterfly) and senior Jane Hu (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "St. Xavier boys, Manual girls cruise to team titles in Region Four swim meet," 9 Feb. 2020 Pike had two double winners, Olivia DiRuzza in the 200 IM/100 backstroke and sophomore Kailey Myers in the 50 free/100 breaststroke. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel girls hit near-perfect sectional score, stay in lane for another swim title," 9 Feb. 2020 McCarty won both the 500 free and 100-yard breaststroke individually. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "St. Thomas, St. Agnes, St. Thomas Episcopal take regional swimming wins to state," 27 Jan. 2020 Boys swimming: Roman Furuta, Ryle - He was runner-up in the most outstanding competitor at the Boone County championships, finishing second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati high school athletes of the week, Jan. 11," 10 Jan. 2020 Service got two individual wins each from Brian Jarupakorn (50 free, 100 butterfly), Wisdom (200 free, 100 breaststroke) and Price (200 IM, 100 backstroke). Anchorage Daily News, "Service boys, Dimond girls repeat as champs at state swimming championships," 10 Nov. 2019 North Haven winners included Angela Gambardella (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Madeline Bergin (50, 100 free) and also won the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Lori Riley,, "Girls swimming: Hand girls finish second to North Haven in Class M swimming," 20 Nov. 2019 Ithe boys’ 100-yard breaststroke preliminaries, Daphne’s Trey Sheils of Daphne bettered his own state record from a year ago with a 54.95 finish in the prelims Friday. Reports, al, "4 champs repeat at AHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships," 8 Dec. 2019 Both were part of CC’s winning 200 medley relay foursome and He, who will be swimming at UC San Diego next fall, defended both his 200 individual medley (1:51.97) and 100 breaststroke (56.40) crowns earned in 2018. Ken Grosse, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Star-driven LCC girls team captures school’s first CIF swimming and diving banner," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of breaststroke

1866, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Breaststroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of breaststroke

: a way of swimming in which the swimmer's face is in the water and the arms move in a large motion from front to back as the feet kick outward also : a race in which the swimmers do the breaststroke

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