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skin diving

an underwater sport in which the swimmer, equipped with a lightweight mask, foot fins, and either a snorkel or a portable air cylinder and breathing device, can move about quickly and easily underwater, as for exploring or spear fishing.
Also called, especially British, free diving.
Origin of skin diving


[skin-dahyv] /ˈskɪnˌdaɪv/
verb (used without object), skin-dived or skin-dove
[skin-dohv] /ˈskɪnˌdoʊv/ (Show IPA),
to engage in skin diving.
Related forms
skin diver, noun Unabridged
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  • But skin diving is the easiest thing in the world to overdo.

  • If Steve was to be briefed on skin diving, it sounded like a case that would interest him and Scotty.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Sure, we did a lot of skin diving, but that was last summer.

  • During another vacation, skin diving in the Virgin Islands, he and Scotty had proved that octopuses don't wail.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • No wonder Steve had said he would be an expert on skin diving by nightfall.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for skin diving

skin diving

the sport or activity of diving and underwater swimming without wearing a diver's costume
Derived Forms
skin-diver, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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