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[skey-ter] /ˈskeɪ tər/
a person who skates.
Origin of skater
1690-1700; skate1 + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Witty, sometimes bawdy, skater names and costuming lend an air of performance to the sport.
  • He compares what happened to a figure skater pulling her arms closer to her body, causing her to spin faster.
  • Conservation of angular momentum explains why an ice skater spins more rapidly as she pulls her arms in.
  • Every spinning object in the universe has angular momentum, and each must obey the same physical law as the figure skater.
  • There is no better way to make a skater look strong and impressive than to shoot from the floor looking up.
  • The rink was already closed, but there was one lone skater practicing her figures.
  • Almost everything you see a figure skater do is done on one of those edges, hardly ever do they glide straight on both.
  • In two dimensions, if a skater pulls in her arms she will spin faster because angular momentum is conserved.
  • The rear wheel of the inline skate may come off during use, causing the skater to fall.
  • Most inline skating injuries are to the wrist, as the skater reaches to break a fall.
British Dictionary definitions for skater


a person who skates
same as skateboarder See skateboarder
(Brit, informal) a young person who typically wears baggy clothes and spends a lot of time skateboarding
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Word Origin and History for skater

1700, "one who ice-skates," agent noun from skate (v.). Extended to skateboarders by 1977.

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