swim·​ming | \ ˈswi-miŋ How to pronounce swimming (audio) \

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



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 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 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, 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, 24 June 2015 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New South Wales state is under a coronavirus lockdown but people can leave their homes for exercise, including swimming. NBC News, 5 Sep. 2021 The Merrimack Valley and Middlesex conferences moved swimming to the Fall II season, leaving Bay State schools and a few other stragglers. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 The resort hotel, garage and store were saved Saturday after the fire had raged along the lower end of the valley and was advancing towards the settlement, when fire fighters rigged up a pump in the swimming tank of the resort. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 The swimming area at Bay Beach Amusement Park, near the mouth of the Fox River, closed due to pollution during World War II and remains closed today. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Floating obstacle course, beach, swimming area, volleyball and game area. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 28 June 2021 The July 4th Fireworks return to the National Mall this year and Yards Park will have its giant swimming area and dancing fountains—essentially a free water park. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 23 June 2021 Architectural renderings show a structure partially surrounding the swimming area to the north, south and west. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga, sun-sentinel.com, 14 June 2021 The Cleveland Metroparks said in an email that the swimming area is open, but signage at the beach and on the Metroparks’ website indicates the potentially poor water quality. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of swimming


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2021

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“Swimming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimming. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swimming

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


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