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swimming

Swimming is an activity that involves moving through the water using your arms and legs. One of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day is swimming in a cold lake or pool.

Swimming is both a casual activity and a serious sport. To you, swimming may involve splashing through the waves or dog-paddling across a public pool. Olympic athletes, on the other hand, swim distances as far as 1500 meters at unbelievable speeds. As an adjective, swimming describes anything that swims or that's used for swimming, like a swimming hole. You can also poetically describe a crying person's eyes as "swimming with tears."

Definitions of swimming
  1. noun
    the act of swimming
    synonyms: swim
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    bathe
    the act of swimming
    skinny-dip
    a naked swim
    dip, plunge
    a brief swim in water
    dive, diving
    a headlong plunge into water
    floating, natation
    the act of someone who floats on the water
    skin diving, skin-dive
    underwater swimming without any more breathing equipment than a snorkel
    dead-man's float, prone float
    a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
    belly flop, belly flopper, belly whop, belly whopper
    a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
    cliff diving
    diving into the water from a steep overhanging cliff
    flip
    a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
    full gainer, gainer
    a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
    half gainer
    a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
    jackknife
    a dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out
    swallow dive, swan dive
    a dive in which the diver arches the back with arms outstretched before entering the water
    scuba diving
    skin diving with scuba apparatus
    snorkel diving, snorkeling
    skin diving with a snorkel
    type of:
    aquatics, water sport
    sports that involve bodies of water
  2. adjective
    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    synonyms: naiant
    horizontal
    parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line
  3. adjective
    filled or brimming with tears
    swimming eyes”
    synonyms: liquid
    tearful
    filled with or marked by tears
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