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.

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Liivand, 28, who moved to the United States six years ago from Tallinn, Estonia, is a former Baltic States Champion in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and also a member of the Estonian National Swim Team. Gary Curreri,, "Champion swimmer transforms into mermaid for water safety awareness," 14 June 2019 For Lilly King, another young swimmer with big talent (including a word record in the 100-metre and 50-meter breaststroke), college graduation and the announcement of the league came just at the right time. Nicole Maggio, Marie Claire, "Katie Ledecky, Lilly King Among Athletes Competing in New Co-Gender Swim League," 12 June 2019 All-scholastics Antonio Anastasiades Anastasiades won the Division 1 100 breaststroke (57.69) and the North sectional 200 IM 1:57.49), joining his brother, Chris, as the only top five finishers for Lynnfield/Wakefield., "2018-19 Boys' Swimming All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 Jacobs turned in the highest finish of any Rebel by taking fourth in 100 breaststroke in 1:55.87. Staff Reports,, "Sports Roundup: St. Monica’s Escovar, Flintridge Prep’s Chen lead CIF swimming qualifiers," 10 May 2018 And in the 100 breaststroke Brookfield seniors pushed each other past the record of 58.99 set by former Brookfield standout Ben Attenberger last season. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha South's Acevedo, Arrowhead's Farrar lead a record day at Greater 8 meet," 27 Jan. 2018 Yorktown High School’s Emily Weiss, who set a national record in the 100-yard breaststroke, was seventh in 2:31.00. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "No world record for Katie Ledecky ... but almost," 17 May 2018 Carson finished eighth in the boys 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the boys 100-yard breaststroke. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Freshman Ollie Bream leads Tomball state qualifiers; Tomball Memorial sends first diver, Anna Litton, to state," 13 Feb. 2018 Michael Linnihan won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 42.64 seconds and Will Grintjes took the 100 breaststroke title in 59.10 seconds. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield boys swim finishes as sectional runner-up, moves 14 entries on to state meet," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of breaststroke

1866, in the meaning defined above

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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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