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figure skating

ice skating in which the skater traces intricate patterns on the ice.
a type of ice skating developed from this, emphasizing jumps, spins, and other movements that combine athletic skills and dance techniques.
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.
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figure skater, noun Unabridged
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  • Once a Finnish lady went over to Paris and received the sum of £120 a month for giving entertainments in figure-skating.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Sahwah realized that she was figure-skating on thin ice when she mentioned that subject and forebore to make any further remarks.

  • This is the place for figure-skating; the ice is perfect, and the wind cannot interfere with the balance.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for figure-skating

figure skating

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