noun Date: 1879 a swimming stroke executed on the back and usually consisting of alternating circular arm pulls and a flutter kickbackstroker noun

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  • backstroke — [bak′strōk΄] n. 1. a stroke backward, or a backhanded stroke 2. a stroke made by a swimmer lying face upward; esp., a racing stroke in which the arms are stretched alternately over the head and the legs are moved in a flutter kick 3. a contest in …   English World dictionary

  • backstroke — ack stroke n. 1. a swimming stroke that resembles the crawl except the swimmer lies on his or her back. It is usually executed with backward moving circular arm strokes and a flutter kick. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backstroke — (n.) 1670s, counter punch, from BACK (Cf. back) (adv.) + STROKE (Cf. stroke) (n.). From 1876 in swimming, from BACK (Cf. back) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • backstroke — ► NOUN ▪ a swimming stroke performed on the back with the arms lifted out of the water in a backward circular motion …   English terms dictionary

  • Backstroke — The backstroke, also sometimes called the back crawl, 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 the swimmer not being… …   Wikipedia

  • backstroke — [[t]bæ̱kstroʊk[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: also the N Backstroke is a swimming stroke that you do lying on your back. 2) N SING: the N The backstroke is a swimming race in which the competitors swim backstroke. ...the 100 metres backstroke …   English dictionary

  • backstroke — n. to do, swim the backstroke * * * [ bækstrəʊk] swim the backstroke to do …   Combinatory dictionary

  • backstroke — /bak strohk /, n., v., backstroked, backstroking. n. 1. a backhanded stroke. 2. Swimming. a stroke made while on one s back. 3. a blow or stroke in return; recoil. v.i. 4. Swimming. to swim the backstroke: She backstroked across the pool. [1665… …   Universalium

  • backstroke — 1. noun a) A swimming stroke swum lying on ones back, while rotating both arms through the water as to propel the swimmer backwards. b) The pull on the tail of the …   Wiktionary

  • backstroke — noun Backstroke is used before these nouns: ↑event …   Collocations dictionary

  • backstroke — back•stroke [[t]ˈbækˌstroʊk[/t]] n. v. stroked, strok•ing 1) a backhanded stroke 2) spo a swimming stroke performed in a supine position 3) a stroke in return 4) spo to swim the backstroke • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

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