natation

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

noun

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

Related forms

na·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 Forms

natational, adjective

Word Origin for natation

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