Meaning of synchronized swimming

syn'chronized swim'ming

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  1. a sport growing out of water ballet in which swimmers, in solo, duet, and team efforts, complete various required figures by performing motions in relatively stationary positions, along with a freestyle competition, with the contestants synchronizing movements to music and being judged for body position, control, and the degree of difficulty of the moves.
  2. a swimming exercise or exhibition derived from the competitive sport.
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