Dictionary.com

backstroke

[ bak-strohk ]
/ ˈbækˌstroʊk /
Save This Word!

noun

a backhanded stroke.
Swimming. a stroke made while on one's back.
a blow or stroke in return; recoil.

verb (used without object), back·stroked, back·strok·ing.

Swimming. to swim the backstroke: She backstroked across the pool.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON PARENTHESES AND BRACKETS APLENTY!

Set some time apart to test your bracket symbol knowledge, and see if you can keep your parentheses, squares, curlies, and angles all straight!
Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of backstroke

First recorded in 1665–75; back2 + stroke1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for backstroke

British Dictionary definitions for backstroke

backstroke
/ (ˈbækˌstrəʊk) /

noun

Also called: back crawl swimming
  1. a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm alternately and flipper movements of the feet
  2. (as modifier)the backstroke champion
a return stroke or blow
mainly US a backhanded stroke
bell-ringing the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forthCompare handstroke

verb

(intr) to swim the backstroke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now!