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

Other Words from breaststroke

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

Examples of breaststroke in a Sentence

I'll be competing in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Recent Examples on the Web Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi took the first gold of the evening in the men’s 100 breaststroke, clocking a personal best of 58.26 seconds ahead of Dutch swimmer Arno Kamminga and American Nic Fink. CiarÁn Fahey, ajc, 19 June 2022 Mustangs senior Grace Liu won the 50 breaststroke in 36.16. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 Junior Will Scholtz won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and earned Most Outstanding Swimmer honors. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2022 Trains with King and earned bronze medal, behind King’s silver, in 200 breaststroke at 2021 Olympics. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 Lundgren, who swam in the meet as a freshman, ranks as the favorite in the girls 100-yard breaststroke with a chance to improve on her San Diego Section record (1:00.96) and challenge the state mark (59.66). Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 Kruger won the state title in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second straight year, swimming 1 minute, 1.34 seconds to win by 2.21 seconds. James Weber, The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2022 The Hoosiers closed the meet with two champions: Brearna Crawford, a freshman from New Zealand, with a time of 2:06.86 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Gilliland on 10-meter platform. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Feb. 2022 Douglas’ boys relay team brought home gold in the 200-yard medley and Andy Tan won the 100-yard breaststroke. oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breaststroke

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breaststroke was in 1864

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breast strap


breaststroke kick

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24 Jun 2022

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“Breaststroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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