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 breaststroke (audio) \ noun

Examples of breaststroke in a Sentence

I'll be competing in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Recent Examples on the Web Junior Max McHugh of the Gophers won the 200-yard breaststroke (1:50.93) at the Big Ten Swimming Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Star Tribune, "Minnesota sports scene: Shane Wiskus' return leads Gophers gymnasts to upset," 6 Mar. 2021 In the 100 breaststroke, Zheng won his fourth consecutive state title in 54.08. Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, "New format, familiar result: Edina swimmers repeat as 2A state champions," 19 Mar. 2021 Bild, a junior, won the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg on the Cougars' 200 medley relay team, which advanced to the state meet by time standard, and on the Cougars' winning 200 freestyle relay team. Star Tribune, "Friday's prep roundup," 13 Mar. 2021 The senior was sixth in the 500 free and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "St. Xavier wins 13th consecutive OHSAA state team swimming crown, Mason adds 2 solo titles," 28 Feb. 2021 Xu broke his own 100 breaststroke record, set last year, with a time of 56.95. Emma Healy,, "At Milford, opportunity for in-person meets this winter was something to cheer," 19 Feb. 2021 Paige Striley, Lakota West: The junior logged top-5 finishes in the 100 butterfly (5th) and 100 breaststroke (3rd). Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "High school swimming: Mason's Anchrum, Lugbill sisters savor state experience, runner-up finish," 27 Feb. 2021 Olena Sadovska of Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished as the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.14, which was 1.18 faster than the junior’s qualifying time. cleveland, "With four podium finishes, Mackenzie DeWitt leads Hudson to fifth place in Div. I state girls swim meet," 27 Feb. 2021 Malicki was Carmel’s individual champ, taking the 100 breaststroke in 53.71. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Zionsville's Will Modglin claims double, Carmel wins 7th straight boys swimming title," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Breaststroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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