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[skeyt] /skeɪt/
ice skate (def 1).
the blade of an ice skate.
a skid on a lifeboat to facilitate launching from a listing ship.
verb (used without object), skated, skating.
to glide or propel oneself over ice, the ground, etc., on skates.
to glide or slide smoothly along.
Slang. to shirk one's duty; loaf.
(of the tone arm on a record player) to swing toward the spindle while a record is playing.
verb (used with object), skated, skating.
to slide (a flat) across the floor of a stage.
get / put one's skates on, British Informal. to make haste.
skate on thin ice, to be or place oneself in a risky or delicate situation:
Taking a public stand on the question would be skating on thin ice.
Origin of skate1
1640-50; orig. plural scates < Dutch schaats (singular) skate, Middle Dutch schaetse stilt (compare Medieval Latin scatia) < ?
Related forms
skateable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skating
  • skating breezily across swathes of economic policy, his theme is that new capitalism will be defined by experimentation.
  • More fun awaits you as you practice figure eights on the ice-skating rink.
  • In the winter they would go sledding or skating on the frozen creek, building a bonfire on the shore to keep warm.
  • The only things missing were scorecards held ice-skating style.
  • Willie says he doesn't talk back and always wears his helmet when in-line skating.
  • And the judging was every bit as inconsistent as the skating.
  • Roller skating tends to go in and out of style with each decade.
  • Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions.
  • All winter long, and even into the spring, you can enjoy the fitness and fun of ice skating.
  • We also offer free lockers during public skating sessions for those who bring a padlock.
British Dictionary definitions for skating


the steel blade or runner of an ice skate
such a blade fitted with straps for fastening to a shoe
a current collector on an electric railway train that collects its current from a third rail Compare bow collector
get one's skates on, to hurry
verb (intransitive)
to glide swiftly on skates
to slide smoothly over a surface
skate on thin ice, to place oneself in a dangerous or delicate situation
Word Origin
C17: via Dutch from Old French éschasse stilt, probably of Germanic origin


noun (pl) skate, skates
any large ray of the family Rajidae, of temperate and tropical seas, having flat pectoral fins continuous with the head, two dorsal fins, a short spineless tail, and a long snout
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse skata


(US, slang) a person; fellow
Word Origin
from Scottish and northern English dialect skate, a derogatory term of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for skating



"type of flat, cartilaginous fish, a kind of ray," mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skata "skate," Danish skade, Faeroese skøta, of unknown origin.

"ice skate," 1660s, skeates "ice skates," from Dutch schaats (plural schaatsen), a singular mistaken in English for plural, from Middle Dutch schaetse. The word and the custom were brought to England after the Restoration by exiled followers of Charles II who had taken refuge in Holland.

The Dutch word is from Old North French escache "a stilt, trestle," related to Old French eschace "stilt" (French échasse), from Frankish *skakkja "stilt" or a similar Germanic source (cf. Frisian skatja "stilt"), perhaps literally "thing that shakes or moves fast" and related to root of Old English sceacan "to vibrate" (see shake (v.)). Or perhaps [Klein] the Dutch word is connected to Middle Low German schenke, Old English scanca "leg" (see shank). Sense alteration in Dutch from "stilt" to "skate" is not clearly traced. Sense in English extended to roller-skates by 1876. Meaning "an act of skating" is from 1853.


1690s, "to ice-skate," from skate (n.2). U.S. slang sense of "to get away with something" is attested from 1945. Related: Skated; skating.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skating


  1. An unattractive woman; a malodorous woman; skag
  2. A prostitute; hooker: How long would it take for them to find them f—— skanks (the hookers) again? (1970s+ Black)
  3. Copulation; coition; ass: how 'bout witnessing some skank (1980s+)
  4. A despicable person; grunge, sleazebag: Julie gets used and humiliated by the lens-wielding skank (1980s+)
  5. A slovenly style of dress, possibly imitative of disheveled heroin addicts: Some teenagers prefer a grungier, if equally tasteless, look known as ''skank'' (1990s+ Teenagers)

To do a sort of reggae dancing in which the body bends forward, the knees are raised, and the hands claw the air: They move in sympathetic response to the music, skankin' from side to side/ They mosh. They slam. They skank and thrash, too (1976+)

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Idioms and Phrases with skating


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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