butterfly stroke

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butterfly stroke (plural butterfly strokes)

  1. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
    • 2009, Jim Montgomery, Mo Chambers, “Butterfly”, in Mastering Swimming[1], →ISBN, page 56:
      As you begin to integrate butterfly into your workouts, begin with two to four full butterfly strokes from the wall, then swim easy freestyle for the remainder of the length.