Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, adapted for, or characterized by swimming: a natatorial appendage; natatorial birds.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to swimming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined or adapted to swim; swimming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swimming or adapted for swimming; natatory; specifically, of or pertaining to the Natatores.

Etymologies

From Late Latin natātōrius, from Latin natātor, swimmer, from natātus, past participle of natāre, frequentative of nāre, to swim; see snā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Snakes are in many cases arboreal (tree-climbing) but some are natatorial (swimming).

    Myths and the Beneficial Facts about Snakes

  • His experience as a medal-winning Olympic swimmer has made him the go-to guy at J.P. Morgan for things natatorial.

    A former Olympian swims amid distressed debt

  • One can learn to swim without describing his sensations to every casual acquaintance or hunting up the natatorial columns in the newspapers.

    Different Girls

  • They have no squeamishness whatever about his watching their own natatorial duties; why, then, should he shrink within himself and wave them off?

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama

  • He was a master of the natatorial art, but he was not amphibious, and soon would have to come to the surface or die.

    Footprints in the Forest

  • Now I wish to say further that it is a fact within the knowledge of more than one that a person who did not know how to swim has, upon being precipitated into deep water, struck out like a master of the natatorial art.

    The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters

  • I well remember how proud I felt on the occasion when I first accomplished this natatorial feat.

    The Boy Tar

  • If an animal, for example, is the suctorial member of a circle of species, forming the natatorial type of genera, forming a family or sub-family which in its turn is rasorial, its qualities must evidently be greatly mingled and ill to define.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • The five tribes of the order are completed, the vespertilionidae being shifted (provisionally) into the natatorial place, for which their appropriateness is so far evidenced by the aquatic habits of several of the tribe, and the lemuridae into the suctorial, to which their length of muzzle and remarkable saltatory power are highly suitable.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • An enumeration of some other examples of the natatorial type, as the cephalopoda (instanced in the cuttle-fish) in the mollusca; the crustacea (crabs, &c.) in the annulosa; the owls

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

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