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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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 Olympic 100 breaststroke champion Lilly King famously called out Yuliya Efimova of Russia at the Rio Games. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte," 24 July 2018 Yarcan's two individual titles came in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. Nathan Cambridge,, "Crescenta Valley girls, boys rule pool at Pacific League finals," 4 May 2018 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

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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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