Definitions for backstrokeˈbækˌstroʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•strokeˈbækˌstroʊk(n.; v.)-stroked, -strok•ing.

  1. (n.)a backhanded stroke.

  2. a swimming stroke performed in a supine position.

    Category: Sport

  3. a stroke in return.

  4. (v.i.)to swim the backstroke.

    Category: Sport

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backstroke(verb)

    a swimming stroke that resembles the crawl except the swimmer lies on his or her back

  2. backstroke(verb)

    swim on one's back

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. backstroke(noun)ˈbækˌstroʊk

    a style of swimming on your back


  1. backstroke(Noun)

    A swimming stroke swum lying on one's back, while rotating both arms through the water as to propel the swimmer backwards.

  2. backstroke(Noun)

    The pull on the tail of the rope that swings the bell through a full circle (compare handstroke)

  3. backstroke(Verb)

    To swim the backstroke.

  4. Origin: From back + stroke


  1. Backstroke

    The backstroke, also sometimes called the back crawl or the upside-down freestyle, is one of the four swimming styles regulated by FINA, and the only regulated style swum on the back. This has the advantage of easy breathing, but the disadvantage of swimmers not being able to see where they are going. It is also the only competition swimming style that has a different start. The swimming style is similar to an upside down front crawl. Both backstroke and front crawl are long-axis strokes. In Individual medley backstroke is the second style swum; in the team medley it is the first style swum.

Translations for backstroke

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in swimming, a stroke made when lying on one's back in the water

The child is good at backstroke.

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