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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

Examples of swimming in a Sentence

Noun I am going swimming later today.
Recent Examples on the Web
The event is a non-swimming, non-swimsuit event. Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2022 Bilquist is unsure about post-swimming life. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2021
With just weeks to go before the Games start and $1.5 billion already spent on clean-up efforts, the river’s readiness for swimming still remains in question. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 6 July 2024 By Erica Sloan July 2, 2024 Navigating ocean waves when your main swimming experience has taken place in the calm waters of pools or lakes is a bit like charging over rocky terrain on a mountain bike as a neighborhood cyclist—the core skill might be the same, but the settings are wildly different. Erica Sloan, SELF, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for swimming 

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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 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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