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natation (n.)

"art or act of swimming," 1540s, from Latin natationem (nominative natatio) "a swimming; a swimming-place," noun of action from past-participle stem of natare "to swim" (from PIE root *sna- "to swim").

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Definitions of natation

natation (n.)
the act of someone who floats on the water;
Synonyms: floating
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