swim·mer | \ ˈswi-mər \
plural swimmers

Definition of swimmer 

: a person or animal that swims a competitive swimmer a fast/strong swimmer … he liked to tell us that he had been a powerful swimmer in his youth, but I never saw him in actual water save once, and he then came out very promptly, shivering and upset. —H. L. Mencken a dog that is an excellent swimmer

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The weather service said current conditions could create currents than can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents or piers and jetties. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen to hurricane off East Coast," 9 July 2018 Mihir is also an avid swimmer and competed this year in the Lego League. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Second-grader's electronic listmaker wins global invention prize," 28 June 2018 Launching tomorrow, these suits are sure to be a summer staple, so click ahead to get a closer look at these summer-fun-ready swimmers (and an inclusive editorial campaign, to boot). Alyssa Coscarelli, refinery29.com, "This Was A Long-Time Coming: Outdoor Voices' First-Ever Swim Is (Almost) Here," 25 June 2018 Also a lover of stuffed toys and balls, this playful boy is also an avid swimmer and loves to splash around on hot summer days. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 Physically robust in his youth, Krauthammer was a gifted sailor, skier and swimmer. Adam Bernstein, chicagotribune.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 Thick mats of seaweed are washing up on South Florida beaches, creating foul-smelling barriers between swimmers and the ocean. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seaweed assaults South Florida beaches," 20 June 2018 During long summer nights, everyone’s got a suit under their clothes as the pier fills with swimmers and natural wine drinkers who dip between sips. Bon Appetit, "La Banchina," 18 June 2018 Seven swimmers and track-and-field athletes from School District U46 will participate in this weekend’s Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games, district officials announced. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Seven U46 students to participate in Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games," 14 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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