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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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Examples from the web for skin diving
  • Expected activities include but are not limited to swimming, water skiing, or skin diving.
  • Water so designated is intended to be used for swimming, water skiing, or skin diving.
  • The beach offers recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, and skin diving.
  • Consider renting a weight belt if you intend to do any skin diving while snorkeling.
  • Surveys will be conducted using a combination of visual encounter surveys and skin diving.
  • All aspects of beach activity will be explored from beach running to skin diving.
  • But citizens appearing out of the blue in skin diving equipment are to be looked upon askance.
  • In those parts, no skin diving is allowed except for historical purposes.
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
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