figure skating


Definition of figure skating 

: skating characterized by the performance of various jumps, spins, and dance movements and formerly by the tracing of prescribed figures

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from figure skating

figure skater noun

Examples of figure skating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Looking beyond PyeongChang What else can be done to improve the scoring of figure skating? Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, "Think Olympic figure skating judges are biased? The data says they might be.," 6 Feb. 2018 Other athletes in other sports, some inspired by the courage of the gymnasts, have turned the spotlight to athlete abuse in taekwondo, swimming and figure skating. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Athletes testify sexual abuse 'a much bigger problem than just' Larry Nassar," 18 Apr. 2018 With a high demand for more ice time for hockey and figure skating, Witkowski said his company reached out to several local organizations to discuss the possibility of adding rinks. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "New Naperville entertainment/sports complex being designed with concerts in mind," 10 Mar. 2018 Especially the way the Russians have come to dominate women's figure skating. Dave Skretta,, "World plays catch-up as Russian women rule figure skating," 23 Feb. 2018 Not until Day 14, with the victory of Alina Zagitova in the women’s figure skating, did Russia claim its first gold medal. James Hill, New York Times, "Russia, the Olympics’ Awkward Guest," 23 Feb. 2018 The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang haven't been hurting for great commentary, particularly with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski covering figure skating. Luke Darby, GQ, "Rippon is joining the network as a commentator for the rest of the Olympics.," 18 Feb. 2018 Her performance helped Team USA figure skating nab a bronze medal. Rose Minutaglio, Cosmopolitan, "Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu on Asian American Stereotypes, Her Reputation, and Breaking U.S. Olympic Records," 16 Feb. 2018 Kira’s first athletic pursuit, while the family lived in Boulder, Colo., was figure skating. Nate Weitzer,, "At 13, accomplished Acton archer trains her eye on the next target," 16 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'figure skating.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of figure skating

1852, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about figure skating

Share figure skating

Statistics for figure skating

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for figure skating

The first known use of figure skating was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for figure skating

figure skating


English Language Learners Definition of figure skating

: ice-skating in which the skaters perform various jumps, spins, and dance movements

More from Merriam-Webster on figure skating

See words that rhyme with figure skating Encyclopedia article about figure skating

Comments on figure skating

What made you want to look up figure skating? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!