natation

[ ney-tey-shuh n, na- ]
/ neɪˈteɪ ʃən, næ- /

noun

an act or the skill of swimming.

Nearby words

  1. natant,
  2. natantly,
  3. natasha,
  4. natashkwan,
  5. natashquan,
  6. natator,
  7. natatorial,
  8. natatorium,
  9. natatory,
  10. natch

Origin of natation

1535–45; < Latin natātiōn- (stem of natātiō), equivalent to natāt(us) (past participle of natāre to swim) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsna·ta·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for natation

natation

/ (nəˈteɪʃən) /

noun

a formal or literary word for swimmingSee swimming
Derived Formsnatational, adjective

Word Origin for natation

C16: from Latin natātiō a swimming, from natāre to swim

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Word Origin and History for natation

natation

n.

1650s, from Latin natationem (nominative natatio), noun of action from past participle stem of natare "to swim" (see natant).

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