a simple swimming stroke mainly used to stay afloat while remaining almost stationary in the water, executed by paddling both arms underwater while kicking the legs, with the body in a crouching position and the head above water.
Pronunciation: (dôg'pad"l, dog'-), [key]
—v.i., -dled, -dling.
to swim or keep afloat by use of the dog paddle.
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