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slalom

[slah-luh m, -lohm] /ˈslɑ ləm, -loʊm/
noun
1.
Skiing. a downhill race over a winding and zigzag course marked by poles or gates.
Compare giant slalom.
2.
any winding or zigzag course marked by obstacles or barriers, as one in which automobiles are tested for maneuverability or drivers for reaction time.
verb (used without object)
3.
Skiing. to ski in or as if in a slalom.
4.
to move in a winding or zigzag fashion; weave.
5.
to follow a course with many twists and turns.
adjective
6.
of, for, or designating a zigzag course with obstacles, barriers, or the like:
an excellent slalom skier.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Norwegian slalåm, equivalent to sla(d) sloping + låm track
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Examples from the web for slalom
  • Even once you're riding a wave, you frequently have to slalom through the crowd, and accidents are not uncommon.
  • Yet the results prompted a harsher and louder reaction than expected, particularly in regard to giant slalom.
  • But he has a forward's touch as he slices and swerves around defenders on his slalom runs toward the goal from the right sideline.
  • She placed eighth in the giant slalom and eleventh in the slalom.
British Dictionary definitions for slalom

slalom

/ˈslɑːləm/
noun
1.
(skiing) a race, esp one downhill, over a winding course marked by artificial obstacles
2.
a similar type of obstacle race in canoes
verb
3.
(intransitive) to take part in a slalom
Word Origin
Norwegian, from slad sloping + lom path
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Word Origin and History for slalom
n.

1921, from Norwegian slalam "skiing race," literally "sloping track," from sla "slope" + lam "track" (related to Norwegian laan "a row of houses;" cf. lane).

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