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  • v. Present participle of porpoise.


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  • They are shown travelling in schools, porpoising from the waves, and smoothly powering themselves beneath the surface with their forked, shark-like tails.

    Did ichthyosaurs fly? Probably not, no

  • This is commonly referred to as "porpoising" - think of how a porpoise or dolphin comes up just below the surface and then rolls just beneath, only breaking the surface with their dorsal fin or tail.

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  • Swimming often includes porpoising (repeatedly breaking the water's surface with enough momentum to lift the bird into the air for about one meter), which may be carried out for reasons of speed, escaping predators or even purely to aid breathing (and possibly a combination of these factors).


  • At the surface, they may also porpoise, a movement involving plunging in and out of the water which allows for a faster, more energy-efficient means of travel than normal swimming, and may enable the animals to breath without any reduction in their travel speed: alternatively, porpoising has been suggested as a means of escaping predators, or purely as an act of exuberance.

    Black-footed penguin

  • I looked to the ocean, saw three dolphins porpoising by, slipping through the long sunlight like glistening spirits; I breathed deep of the salt Pacific and praised the peaceful life of surf.


  • Just as she demonstrated in "Seabiscuit," Ms. Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller, never using an ordinary verb when a "teeming," "buffeted" or "porpoising" will do.

    Seabiscuit Author Praised For Follow Up

  • From the linked article: "suspended into the ice like a porpoising walrus" seems an awful long way to go for a metaphor.

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  • Are porpoising walruses frequently suspended in ice?

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  • There would have been a lot of fluctuation, a lot of porpoising of the plane.

    CNN Transcript Jun 5, 2009

  • Still, I loved seeing one of the Pier 39 sea lions porpoising along right in front of us.

    embarrassing to admit i finally understand that awful brooke poem


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