[ bak-strohk ]
/ ˈbækˌstroʊk /


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.

Origin of backstroke

First recorded in 1665–75; back2 + stroke1

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British Dictionary definitions for backstroke

/ (ˈbækˌstrəʊk) /


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 forth Compare handstroke


(intr) to swim the backstroke