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

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Other Words from figure skating

figure skater noun

Examples of figure skating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regarding the ice rink, the venue is open for rentals -- which are mainly figure skating and hockey groups -- but open skate sessions have been cancelled. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn’s John M. Coyne Recreation Center opens indoor pool and ice rink," 6 July 2020 Mariah Fujimagari grew up with ice hockey and figure skating, and the skills of the latter were on display Saturday night at Warrior Ice Arena. Greg Levinsky,, "Mariah Fujimagari saves her best work for NWHL All-Stars," 9 Feb. 2020 Tracy Sear, a flight attendant for American Airlines, told CNN that Frishkorn was a larger-than-life presence who enjoyed figure skating and loved to laugh. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "American Airlines flight attendant dies of coronavirus, elevating fears in the industry," 27 Mar. 2020 Tracy Sear, a flight attendant for American Airlines, said Frishkorn was a larger-than-life presence who enjoyed figure skating and loved to laugh. Thomas Lake, CNN, "A flight attendant dies, and colleagues are 'very much on edge'," 26 Mar. 2020 At the Winter Olympics in Norway, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating while Nancy Kerrigan won the silver; Tonya Harding came in eighth., "This day in history," 25 Feb. 2020 Gailhaguet has had a long tenure in French figure skating. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "French Figure Skating Head Defies Call to Resign," 5 Feb. 2020 The park is the only public skating rink in Cleveland and offers low-cost figure skating and hockey programs to youth. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady announces resignation from West Side seat," 28 Jan. 2020 There are also opportunities for figure skating and hockey lessons, including an event on Feb. 22 to try hockey for free for kids ages 4-11. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Make the most of winter after the holidays! Here's where you can ice skate in Louisville," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of figure skating

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of figure skating was in 1852

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9 Jul 2020

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“Figure skating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of figure skating

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

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