Definition of backstroke in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌstrōk/


[in singular]
1A swimming stroke performed on the back with the arms lifted alternately out of the water in a backward circular motion and the legs extended and kicking: I concentrated on the backstroke most of the time [as modifier]: I won the backstroke and breaststroke events [as adverb]: they would swim freestyle and then backstroke
More example sentences
  • As you begin the first part of the backstroke arm stroke, your arm enters the water fully extended over your shoulder, pinky finger first with the palm of your hand slightly pitched out to the side.
  • Last year I had the luxury of swimming a few strokes backstroke so I could get a good look at the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Jackie, you're so good at the other strokes like crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.
1.1 (the backstroke) A race, typically of a specified length or kind, in which the backstroke style of swimming is used: he was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke
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  • Tara won third place in Swimming 50-meter backstroke in the Inter-Village finals last June.
  • It marked the first time an American woman had set the 100 meter backstroke world record in nearly 34 years.
  • His best events are the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke, as well as the 200 individual medley.



Example sentences
  • Therese actually began her swimming career as a backstroker.
  • Great freestylers and backstrokers swim with very little central axis rotation within the upper body during the propulsive phase of the stroke.
  • Japan, France and Britain all have contenders, while China's two young backstrokers make their major international debut here.

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Syllabification: back·stroke

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