how to pronounce backstroke


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the above transcription of backstroke is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

backstroke is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of backstroke in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… from the backstroke it's not 50/50 like …”

meanings of backstroke


  1. A swimming stroke swum lying on one's back, while rotating both arms through the water as to propel the swimmer backwards.
  2. The pull on the tail of the rope that swings the bell through a full circle (compare handstroke).


  1. To swim the backstroke.

backstroke frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backstroke occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backstroke can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backstroke can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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