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[ringk] /rɪŋk/
a smooth expanse of ice for ice-skating, often artificially prepared and inside a building or arena.
a smooth floor, usually of wood, for roller-skating.
a building or enclosure for ice-skating or roller-skating; skating arena.
an area of ice marked off for the game of curling.
a section of a bowling green where a match can be played.
a set of players on one side in a lawn-bowling or curling match.
Origin of rink
1325-75; Middle English (Scots) renk area for a battle, joust, or race, apparently < Middle French renc rank1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rink
  • She walks by a rink and sees the skaters, singly and in pairs, moving with surprising grace.
  • Among other fantasies, it had a ballroom with a rotating floor and an ice-skating rink, a rarity in the tropics.
  • Result resembled a combination roller-skating rink and adobe pizza parlor.
  • The game is unusual because it's outdoors, on a rink without boards.
  • Our next stop was the main operations room, which was as big as a roller-skating rink.
  • During the winter, enjoy the park's ice skating rink for free.
  • Relief workers carried corpses to an ice rink that had been converted into a morgue.
  • More fun awaits you as you practice figure eights on the ice-skating rink.
  • The rink also offers birthday parties, fundraiser activities and rink rentals for large groups.
  • The rink's trained staff, hazard-free environment and modern ice management help to ensure safe skating.
British Dictionary definitions for rink


an expanse of ice for skating on, esp one that is artificially prepared and under cover
an area for roller skating on
a building or enclosure for ice skating or roller skating
(bowls) a strip of the green, usually about 5–7 metres wide, on which a game is played
(curling) the strip of ice on which the game is played, usually 41 by 4 metres
(in bowls and curling) the players on one side in a game
Word Origin
C14 (Scots): from Old French renc row, rank1
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Word Origin and History for rink

late 14c., Scottish dialect, probably from Old French renc, reng "row, line," from Frankish and ultimately connected with ring (n.1). Probably confused in meaning with ring (n.1) in sense of "area marked out for a sporting contest." From 1787 in curling; ice hockey sense first attested 1896.

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