[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
Related formsna·ta·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for natation

floating, aquatics, vertigo, giddiness, dizziness, bathing

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British Dictionary definitions for natation



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

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

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