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 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, "Swimming pools and lush lawns? As water use slows, that image of Phoenix is changing," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Competition for badminton, volleyball, golf, swimming and diving, cross-country would start the week of Oct. 19. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Union district to propose own fall football timeline with first competition Oct. 30," 14 Sep. 2020 U-School is still offering cross country and golf and will move the swimming and diving season to the spring. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "U-School players join prep school team in Miami after Sharks' season is canceled due to COVID-19," 8 Sep. 2020 Chicago beaches have not opened this year and swimming is prohibited. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Forecasters warn ‘life-threatening waves’ are possible, issue beach hazards statement, small craft advisory for Illinois, Indiana beaches until Tuesday," 7 Sep. 2020 The university’s first investigation into the claims, based on the accounts of 17 members of its women’s swimming and diving team, started in late 2009 and ended in 2010 with a finding of no wrongdoing. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "San Jose State head trainer steps down amid investigation of past sexual misconduct allegations," 2 Sep. 2020 The men’s and women’s basketball and swimming and diving seasons were ended just before the NCAA Championships, and the softball, baseball, rowing, golf and tennis seasons were canceled mid-season. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas Athletics announces department budget cuts, layoffs amid pandemic," 1 Sep. 2020 Other Big Ten schools like Purdue have applied similar reductions, while Iowa went so far as to cut four sports: Men's gymnastics, men's tennis and men's and women's swimming and diving. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Without Michigan football, athletic director says school could take a $100 million hit," 1 Sep. 2020 The winter sports of basketball, hockey, indoor track and field and swimming and diving will have their seasons delayed until January. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "MIAC postpones all sports competitions until January," 31 Aug. 2020 Baseball, softball and cross-country are classified as medium risk, and golf, tennis, fencing, track and field, and swimming and diving as low risk. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "What college football's opener means, or doesn't mean, to Notre Dame football," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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“Swimming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimming. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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