Definition of natation in English:


Line breaks: na|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /nəˈteɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] technical or • literary
  • Swimming.
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    • And natation, swimming, comes from natare… natatum; ‘nation’ as an alternative, along the lines of ‘dilation,’ would obviously be wrong.
    • From 4.27 to 6.47 pm various occupations (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, dexterity, natation, etc.)…



Pronunciation: /ˌneɪtəˈtɔːrɪəl/
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  • The back limbs are strongly flattened and equipped with thick natatorial stubbles acting as paddles.
  • Diving beetles typically have natatorial legs as they spend most of their time underwater.
  • These salamanders are natatorial and motile.


Pronunciation: /ˈneɪtət(ə)ri, nəˈteɪt(ə)ri/
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  • The equivalent of the natatory ligament in the first web is also called distal commissural ligament.
  • In the last years most tourist estates have been equipped with swimming and natatory activity facilities.
  • This maneuver allows the natatory cord to become more prominent.


mid 16th century: from Latin natatio(n-), from natare 'to swim'.

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