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


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

Kaufman, 18, is headed to Akron University in the fall and plans to continue her swimming career at the college level. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Swimming: Big day for Victoria Kaufman at Carroll County Invitational," 19 July 2019 State health officials say swimming and boating in the Farmington is safe because PFAS isn’t easily absorbed through the skin. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "An ‘emerging pollutant’ in the Farmington River triggers claims about misinformation, worries about burning contaminated sludge," 17 July 2019 The other pool has swimming lanes and two larger slides. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to some of the best water parks and pools around Indianapolis," 17 July 2019 This spring, Hemsworth was one of the first guests at the new eco-friendly Discovery Rottnest Island resort’s beachfront glamping tents, just in front of the famed Pinky Beach, a popular site for picnics and swimming in the summer season. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 High waves make swimming difficult, even for strong swimmers. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Dangerous swimming conditions expected along Lake Michigan today," 11 July 2019 Firefighters said in a Facebook post that swimming in the ocean off Rockaway Beach is unsafe and that Lake Lytle, which is just east of U.S. 101, is a safer option. oregonlive.com, "4 rescued after Rockaway Beach rip current pulls kids out to sea," 10 July 2019 Track, swimming and cycling were among seven sports which scheduled their European championships together last year. Washington Post, "European Games struggle for attention as Belarus hosts," 21 June 2019 Evening swimming is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking to beat the heat this summer? You'll have to visit these 7 Milwaukee-area pools, splash pads and beaches.," 13 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of swimming

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

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