kick·​board | \ ˈkik-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce kickboard (audio) \

Definition of kickboard

: a buoyant rectangular board held by a swimmer while developing kicking techniques

Examples of kickboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the breathing down, Pelatti had me hold a kickboard and attempt to kick my feet to swim, the same exercise some kids were doing a few lanes over. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "I Wanted to Learn to Swim Before I Turned 30. Easier Said Than Done.," 15 June 2019 Most custom jobs are not cheap, but here most of the modifications involve PVC pipe, pool noodles, and Styrofoam kickboards. Kate Horowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Power Wheels Are the Perfect Physical Therapy Tool for Kids," 9 Aug. 2016 Not just for kids Forget the arm floaties and inner tubes from summer camp. Experimenting with tools like pull buoys, paddles, kickboards, fins, and snorkels can be really beneficial for your overall performance. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018 In 1998, Lecomte was first person to swim across Atlantic Ocean (4,000 miles) without a kickboard. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "French man to cross Great Pacific Garbage Patch on 6-month swim," 5 June 2018 If throwing things is normal, no one reports it when a kickboard comes at their head in practice. Jessica A. Gold, M.d., Glamour, "We Should Have Seen The USA Swimming Allegations Coming," 27 Feb. 2018 His company credits him with introducing the first commercial line of plastic kickboards and developing the nylon swimming suit, among other innovations. Frank Litsky, New York Times, "Adolph Kiefer, a Gold Medal Backstroker in the 1936 Olympics, Dies at 98," 5 May 2017 Equipment, including kickboards, inflatable swimming rings and four-person rubber boats, is available for rent. Smithsonian, "Bitou and Longdong Bay Geological Park," 22 May 2017 Other young swimmers shared the lane, but Mardini, 18, kept her own pace, darting down the center, emerging at the edge of the pool from time to time to exchange the duck — used for balance training — for a snorkel or a kickboard. Charly Wilder, New York Times, "She Swam to Escape Syria. Now She’ll Swim in Rio.," 1 Aug. 2016

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Kickboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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