Definition of backstroke in US English:

backstroke

noun

  • 1A swimming stroke performed on the back with the arms lifted alternately out of the water in a backward circular motion and the legs extended and kicking.

    ‘I concentrated on the backstroke most of the time’
    as modifier ‘I won the backstroke and breaststroke events’
    as adverb ‘they would swim freestyle and then backstroke’
    • ‘Yet, why is the transition turn from backstroke to breaststroke only used in high school swimming?’
    • ‘Blackburn council decide to ban the backstroke in a swimming pool in case somebody bumps his or her head.’
    • ‘Swimming backstroke gives them a chance to work the kinks out of their tired freestyle muscles with some active rest swimming.’
    • ‘It helps me to elevate the shoulder that's out of the water when I'm swimming regular backstroke, and it emphasizes hip rotation.’
    • ‘He looked proud of himself and fell backwards under the water, doing a backstroke away.’
    • ‘Feet, due to their similar shape while in the freestyle or backstroke mode of kicking, may be compared to the thrust of a ship's propeller.’
    • ‘The paddles thus acted like hydrofoils generating thrust during the backstroke and also from lift during the recovery stroke.’
    • ‘Molly's balance in the water is one of the reasons her backstroke is so fast.’
    • ‘There were individual medleys, as well as backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle events.’
    • ‘Last year I had the luxury of swimming a few strokes backstroke so I could get a good look at the Golden Gate Bridge.’
    • ‘Use your arms in a backstroke motion to steer if necessary.’
    • ‘Jackie, you're so good at the other strokes like crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.’
    • ‘I only watched to begin with and when I did finally get in the water backstroke was the only thing I liked.’
    • ‘A lot of kids don't know that there is a backstroke breathing pattern.’
    • ‘As well as being a competitive swimming stroke, backstroke has an important role in injury prevention.’
    • ‘As you begin the first part of the backstroke arm stroke, your arm enters the water fully extended over your shoulder, pinky finger first with the palm of your hand slightly pitched out to the side.’
    • ‘The backstroke and freestyle tapes are equally valuable.’
    • ‘Another shows how the grebes' lobed feet travel in a nearly circular pattern when they dive underwater, with the toes folded and rotated to decrease water resistance on the backstroke.’
    • ‘A year ago, I would have said that the backstroke was her worst stroke.’
    • ‘He had a great fly, and his backstroke was technically perfect, but he wasn't strong enough to go faster.’
    1. 1.1the backstroke A race, typically of a specified length or kind, in which the backstroke style of swimming is used.
      ‘he was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke’
      • ‘He also won the consolation final of the 100 backstroke with a lifetime best time.’
      • ‘He will now line up in the 200 backstroke on Day two before taking on the 100m on Saturday and Sunday.’
      • ‘His best events are the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke, as well as the 200 individual medley.’
      • ‘He won the 100m backstroke and freestyle on day one, and followed up by winning the 100m butterfly on day two.’
      • ‘A triple gold medalist in Sydney, he is searching for a final hurrah on the Olympic stage, namely the defense of his title in the 100 backstroke.’
      • ‘It marked the first time an American woman had set the 100 meter backstroke world record in nearly 34 years.’
      • ‘Tara won third place in Swimming 50-meter backstroke in the Inter-Village finals last June.’
      • ‘He was first in the 100m freestyle, second in the 100m backstroke and individual medley and third in the 100m breaststroke and butterfly.’
      • ‘He nearly won four more bronzes when fourth in the 50m backstroke and breaststroke, and 100m of both those strokes.’
      • ‘Biding her time on the opening fly leg, she took over the lead in the backstroke and extended it with every lap.’
      • ‘He may be the best freestyle swimmer in the world, but the 100m backstroke was an event he entered to vary his programme.’
      • ‘The 1996 Olympic champion in the 100 backstroke held the world record in the event from 1991-99.’
      • ‘He could have skipped the 200 free and swam the 200 backstroke, which he qualified for at the Olympic Trials but decided not to swim here in Athens.’
      • ‘She also reached the final of the 200m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.’
      • ‘Katy can't believe her time as she wins the 200 backstroke in a new British and Commonwealth record.’
      • ‘The swimmer also picked up merits in the 4 x 50m freestyle and the 50m backstroke as he was credited with a 4th and 5th placing in the events.’
      • ‘No child went away disappointed as there were so many races: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, relays and novelty races.’
      • ‘He also won golds in the 50m backstroke and freestyle.’
      • ‘However 15 meters is difficult for most swimmers to sustain in a 200 backstroke.’
      • ‘She went out fast and paid for it late but hung on to win the 100 backstroke.’

Pronunciation

backstroke

/ˈbækˌstroʊk//ˈbakˌstrōk/