breast·stroke | \ˈbres(t)-ˌstrōk \

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 \ noun

Examples of breaststroke in a Sentence

I'll be competing in the 50-meter breaststroke.

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Montag described his river swimming technique as a combination of backstroke and breaststroke. Katie Vogel,, "Ohio River flood: Man dives in," 21 Feb. 2018 Also took sixth in 100 breaststroke and 19th in 50 free. Johnny Gorches, Post-Tribune, "Introducing the 2017-18 Post-Tribune Boys Swimming All-Area Team," 27 Mar. 2018 Brock proceeded to finish second in the Big Ten in the 100 breaststroke and fifth at NCAAs. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Is Indiana swimming back? Underdogs putting world on notice," 25 Mar. 2018 Badin sophomore Adam Sherman was fifth in the breaststroke and Williamsburg freshman Jonah Karschnik placed sixth in the butterfly. Adam Baum,, "Fenwick's Adam Chaney takes home 2 OHSAA state swimming titles with career swims," 24 Feb. 2018 Isaac Jiardini also qualified in the individual medley, breaststroke and medley relay, and the co-op will send nine entrants overall to the showcase at the University of Wisconsin-Natatorium in Madison. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ben Davis of Greenfield/Greendale/Pius ticketed for state in four events," 12 Feb. 2018 Sam Kult took third place in the 100 breaststroke in 57.57 seconds. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Linnihan brothers lead Brookfield boys swimming team to third straight top-five finish at state meet," 19 Feb. 2018 Rudd first made state as an individual during his sophomore season, placing seventh in the breaststroke in 58.14. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Lakes seniors Hepler, Rudd eager for state," 14 Feb. 2018 Barrett went on to qualify for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in that event and the 100 breaststroke. Scott Springer,, "Glory Days: Turpin's Bill Barrett may be best swimmer never to have made the Olympics," 28 June 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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