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roller skate

a form of skate with four wheels or rollers instead of a runner, for use on a sidewalk or other surface offering traction.
Origin of roller skate
1860-65, Americanism


or rollerskate

[roh-ler-skeyt] /ˈroʊ lərˌskeɪt/
verb (used without object), roller-skated, roller-skating.
to glide about by means of roller skates.
1870-75; v. use of roller skate
Related forms
roller skater, noun
rollerskater, noun Unabridged
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  • I am led to believe that the roller skate is certainly a great civilizer and a wonderful leveler of mankind.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • Refusing to die, it found expression in a hundred brilliant plans, of which the roller skate idea was only one.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • She raced all over town on one roller skate, often cheated at 'keeps,' but was such a quick shot one couldn't catch her at it.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Rose let Laddie take the roller skate off her foot, and then Russ took the two front wheels from the two back ones.

  • He took the board, with the roller skate wheels on either end, to a far corner of the attic.

  • "Well, you never can tell," answered Jumpo, as he fastened the roller skate wheels on with sticking plaster.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • The fitter was an implement about like a roller skate, with movable wings on the sides and a movable plunger in front of the toes.

  • Jumpo had placed the airship on a smooth place where the roller skate wheels could go around very easily.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • The sticking plaster fell off, and the roller skate wheels dropped into the pond with a splash.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • I dare say the colored people here would find it as hard to roller skate as you would to carry a heavy load on your head.

British Dictionary definitions for roller skate

roller skate

a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface
a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe
(intransitive) to move on roller skates
Derived Forms
roller skater, noun
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