[ney-tey-shuh n, na-]
- an act or the skill of swimming.
Origin of natation
1535–45; < Latin natātiōn- (stem of natātiō), equivalent to natāt(us) (past participle of natāre to swim) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for natation
I wondered at what period of their lives they had acquired their dexterity at natation.The Bible in Spain
Some of the girls had taken lessons in the "School of Natation" in the lower bay, and could swim very well.A Little Country Girl
Indeed one of these was in flood, and they never could have crossed it had it not been for Otter's powers of natation.The People Of The Mist
H. Rider Haggard
Never, I think, did any swimmer in like circumstances perform such a remarkable feat of natation.
It has long legs, the better to wade with, and webbed feet admirably adapted to natation.Glimpses of Indian Birds
- a formal or literary word for swimmingSee swimming
C16: from Latin natātiō a swimming, from natāre to swim
Word Origin and History for natation
1650s, from Latin natationem (nominative natatio), noun of action from past participle stem of natare "to swim" (see natant).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper