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

Amenities include a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, business center, playground and dog park. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Carriage Services extends Galleria headquarters lease," 13 Sep. 2019 The home sits on about two-thirds of an acre with mature trees, lawn, a fire pit and a swimming pool with a spa. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Actors Topher and Ashley Grace buy in La Cañada Flintridge," 13 Sep. 2019 Baclawski’s imagery glows groggily through it in swimming-pool green. BostonGlobe.com, "To make his billboards, Baclawski slices a giant photographic transparency into slivers that he wraps around tubular light bulbs. The Boston artist places the light bulbs side by side against a mirrored ground. Stand in front, and it’s an abstraction; stand at the end, and the image coheres.," 12 Sep. 2019 Reunion’s amenity component runs to 152 acres of parks, including a second, large recreation site set to arrive near East 104th Avenue and Tower Road, with restaurants, a large indoor swimming pool, and soccer and baseball fields. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "With a farmers market Sunday, Sept. 15, master-planned Reunion has lots of homes to explore, and a great value on amenities," 12 Sep. 2019 Emerald green lawns encircle the outdoor swimming pool, which is outfitted with a diving board and twin basketball hoops. Variety.com, The Mercury News, "Photos: Ex-Facebook VP asks $35 million for major-league Silicon Valley mansion," 12 Sep. 2019 Parscale lived in a $500,000 home with a swimming pool on a golf course and drove a Lexus. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 Prosecutors are seeking to seize from the Garcias nearly $48,000 and up to 15 properties in Georgia, including large homes with spacious yards and an in-ground swimming pool, plus 15 vehicles from model years 2010 to 2018. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farm worker says migrants were mistreated in Wisconsin and Georgia as part of alleged labor trafficking scheme," 10 Sep. 2019 The property will include an indoor swimming pool, but not a full-service restaurant, Brown said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Preliminary plans for 112-room hotel on Higgins Road pass Park Ridge City Council," 7 Sep. 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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The first known use of swimming was before the 12th century

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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