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

n the act of swimming

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the act of swimming
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
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
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

adj applied to a fish depicted horizontally

parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line

adj filled or brimming with tears

swimming eyes”
filled with or marked by tears

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