swan dive

noun

Definition of swan dive

: a front dive executed with the head back, back arched, and arms spread sideways and then brought together above the head to form a straight line with the body as the diver enters the water

First Known Use of swan dive

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Swan dive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swan%20dive. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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