swimming

adjective
swim·​ming | \ ˈswi-miŋ \

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

swimming

noun

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

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

The top floor is for adults and overlooks the enclosed swimming pool structure. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Three-tiered glass masterpiece asks $16.8M," 26 Dec. 2018 The Home's History The 10-bedroom Georgian manor was originally constructed in 1802, and features a swimming pool and a tennis court on the property. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Anmer Hall, Prince William and Kate Middleton's Country Home," 23 Dec. 2018 But go swimming as much as possible—the municipal pools are great, cheaper, and open until late in the evening. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Iceland Is Not Overrun With Tourists, Despite What Everyone Says," 25 Oct. 2018 Take a look through the gallery above to see other places to go swimming in Texas. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texas distillery teams up with Truluck's Seafood to help save Balmorhea State Park," 10 July 2018 With so many places across the country to go swimming or just relax, people from all over find ways to enjoy themselves near the water in the summertime. Indianapolis Star, "Have Fun by the Water this Summer," 28 June 2018 Still, some people saw the warning signs and went swimming in the channel regardless. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "Swimming barred, but is wading safe?," 10 June 2018 Oh, and the leader of the AfD, the far-right party in Germany, went swimming and someone stole his clothes. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Another Glimpse of State Terror in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018 In one scene, Norton goes swimming in the South of France. Lauren Larson, GQ, "James Norton Is Dressed To Chill," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of swimming

Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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swimming

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swimming

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

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