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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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.

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Elsewhere, two-time Olympic gold medalist Lilly King of IU was third in the 200 breaststroke. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "No world record for Katie Ledecky ... but almost," 17 May 2018 In the breaststroke, McHugh crushed the national record, which was 52.65. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brown Deer/University School's Ben Hayes win two titles for second straight year," 16 Feb. 2018 Staebel also placed first in the 200 free (1:49.51) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.97), Wolford claimed first in the 50 free (22.81) and 100 free (49.99), and Seymore won the 500 free with a 4:56.09). Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "HS notebook: Kingwood girls soccer off to fast start," 8 Feb. 2018 Teammate Isaac Jiardini, another senior, won the 100 breaststroke for Greenfield/Greendale/Pius, as well, finishing just ahead of teammate Jackson Zgola for the top prize. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ben Davis shifts to different events and sets a conference record anyway as Greenfield/Greendale/Pius owns Woodland swim meet," 6 Feb. 2018 His second-place qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke would have won the gold in Moscow, but Bill wasn't there. Scott Springer,, "Glory Days: Turpin's Bill Barrett may be best swimmer never to have made the Olympics," 28 June 2018 Instead of dramatic exits, for example, everyone, including the very regal Dafoe, has to sort of breaststroke or tread away. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 The Carmel performances came on a day where Yorktown junior Emily Weiss set not only a state record, but a national mark in winning the 100 breaststroke. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Pash, Rothrock help Carmel extend its national record with 32nd-straight swimming state title," 10 Feb. 2018 Hurley, 53, was captured swimming in just white bathing bottoms in a pool while doing the breaststroke. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Elizabeth Hurley shares video of herself swimming topless," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of breaststroke

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breaststroke was in 1866

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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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