backstroke

backstroke

[bak-strohk]
noun
1.
a backhanded stroke.
2.
Swimming. a stroke made while on one's back.
3.
a blow or stroke in return; recoil.
verb (used without object), backstroked, backstroking.
4.
Swimming. to swim the backstroke: She backstroked across the pool.

Origin:
1665–75; back2 + stroke1

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backstroke (ˈbækˌstrəʊk)
 
n
1.  swimming Also called: back crawl
 a.  a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm alternately and flipper movements of the feet
 b.  (as modifier): the backstroke champion
2.  a return stroke or blow
3.  chiefly (US) a backhanded stroke
4.  bell-ringing Compare handstroke the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forth
 
vb
5.  (intr) to swim the backstroke

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