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swim·​ming ˈswi-miŋ How to pronounce swimming (audio)
[present participle of swim] : that swims
a swimming bird
[gerund of swim] : adapted to or used in or for swimming


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

Example Sentences

Noun I am going swimming later today.
Recent Examples on the Web
Colleagues recalled a quiet, personable co-worker with an easy smile who enjoyed mountain biking and hiking and didn’t hide his post-swimming difficulties. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Some scenes also are basically replicated, including the famous swimming-pool sequence near the end. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2021 Doing it all again as in more swimming, first in the qualifying heats for the 200 freestyle, then, two hours later, in the heats for the 1,500 freestyle — the rarest and most impressive double in her sport. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Snelling debunked the myth and found that after 20 minutes the lice were still alive and swimming in the Coca-Cola. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2016 In a 2016 presentation, Woodard showed one graphic with a declining blue line charting how swimming pools have become less popular in Maricopa County. Ian James, azcentral, 29 Jan. 2020 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, 26 Apr. 2018 Cleveland and Cincinnati both have some of the most swimming pools per capita. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, 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, 19 July 2017
In swimming's fastest and arguably most competitive race, Craft should be a contender as a junior. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 28 Nov. 2022 Nagore and Brewer were last seen swimming at a point below the dam where the river divides Avon and Burlington. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 28 Nov. 2022 In addition to providing care packages, the nonprofit sponsors two months of classes for kids who want to enroll in programs like karate or swimming. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Nov. 2022 For some, the swimming and camaraderie have filled a deep personal void, including the loss of a spouse. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 Cold shock, swimming failure, and hypothermia can open the pathways to death, including drowning and cardiac arrest. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2022 Howley, 44, a freelance journalist from Waltham, is one of the legends of New England ice swimming. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2022 The ad features Walker with Riley Gaines, a 12-time NCAA All-American swimmer, who shared her story of competing against a biological male in a women's swimming competition. Aubrie Spady, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 The Mardini sisters jumped into the water without hesitating, grabbed hold of the ropes along with two other passengers, and used their lifelong swimming skills to drag everyone to safety. Armani Syed, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Swimming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimming. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: marked by, capable of, or used in or for swimming
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