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figure skating

noun
1.
ice skating in which the skater traces intricate patterns on the ice.
2.
a type of ice skating developed from this, emphasizing jumps, spins, and other movements that combine athletic skills and dance techniques.
3.
a competitive sport in which the skater is required to execute school figures and to perform one or more original programs of difficult jumps, spins, etc., to a musical setting.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
Related forms
figure skater, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for figure skating

figure skating

noun
1.
ice skating in which the skater traces outlines of selected patterns
2.
the whole art of skating, as distinct from skating at speed
Derived Forms
figure skater, noun
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