swimming

adjective
swim·​ming | \ˈswi-miŋ \

Definition of swimming 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 [ present participle of swim ] : that swims a swimming bird

2 [ gerund of swim ] : adapted to or used in or for swimming

swimming

noun

Definition of swimming (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act, art, or sport of one that swims and dives

Examples of swimming in a Sentence

Noun

I am going swimming later today.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jackson Park, a huge new rental complex that opened in January, is known for its mega-amenities, including two swimming pools, a private park and courts for sports like basketball, squash and shuffleboard. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "With Baby on the Way, Laundry Comes First," 26 Apr. 2018 Cleveland and Cincinnati both have some of the most swimming pools per capita. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati best in Ohio for an active lifestyle," 4 Jan. 2018 The scientific research over the past decade, showing how swimming impacts things like mathematic skills, story recall and motor skills, is quite impressive. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Olympic Swimming Sensation Amanda Beard Preaches the Gospel of Childhood Swim Education," 19 July 2017 Swimming finals: DIVISION II Saturday: 9 a.m. Where: Granite Hills High Girls preview: La Costa Canyon sophomore Rachel Rhee goes for repeat titles in the 50 and 200 free. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "S.D. Section swimming championships preview," 12 May 2017 There are of course, modern amenities as well, including two swimming pools, a gym and a skate park built for Depp's son with his former partner Vanessa Paradis. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Johnny Depp Is Selling His Breathtaking French Estate," 24 June 2015 Swimming conditions are currently very dangerous with strong currents and high surf. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Tropical Storm Cindy beach update: Gulf Coast closures in Gulf Shores, Panama City, Destin, along Panhandle," 22 June 2017 Swimming finals: DIVISION II Saturday: 9 a.m. Where: Granite Hills High Girls preview: La Costa Canyon sophomore Rachel Rhee goes for repeat titles in the 50 and 200 free. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "S.D. Section swimming championships preview," 12 May 2017 On the way to becoming the first two black women to grace the same United States Olympic swimming team, Neal and Manuel often compared notes after news media interviews. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "For Simone Manuel, Gold Ripples Beyond the Pool," 12 Aug. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s an immersive 3D treadmill environment the size of a swimming pool that can retrain motion sensitivity and visual integration. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 One incident in particular involved Jake setting a ton of furniture on fire in an empty swimming pool, endangering neighbors with the smoke. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Jake Paul's Biggest Controversies," 26 Sep. 2018 In August, most locals retreat to air-conditioning or spend the day in a swimming pool. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "The Woes of Training for a Marathon in New Orleans’ Summer Heat," 30 Aug. 2018 The property includes a swimming pool, a private tennis court, and 10 bedrooms. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Kicked Off Their Staycation," 9 Aug. 2018 With two more young children in the family this time, their latest trip will probably include a whole lot more ice cream, sandcastle building and swimming pool inflatable assault courses than ever before. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Reportedly on Their First Vacation as a Family of Five," 20 July 2018 Cleaning a green swimming pool is typically no easy task. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Grandma Cleaned Her Slimy Green Pool in 24 Hours Using a Single Magic Eraser," 18 July 2018 In addition to bike riding, iCan shine offers swimming and other learning opportunities in recreational activities for people with disabilities, according to its website. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 While drownings occur year-round, Dave Benjamin, co-founder and executive director of the group, said a spike in drownings happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day — when most Lake Michigan beaches, including Chicago’s, are open for swimming. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'swimming.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of swimming

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about swimming

Statistics for swimming

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for swimming

The first known use of swimming was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for swimming

swimming

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swimming

: the sport or activity of moving through water by moving your arms and legs

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on swimming

Spanish Central: Translation of swimming

Nglish: Translation of swimming for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of swimming for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about swimming

Comments on swimming

What made you want to look up swimming? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!