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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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figure skater noun

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Like figure skating, her sport involves athletes performing routines on an ice rink. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "New Lenox native skates in synch on the world stage," 2 Apr. 2018 Other than figure skating, what's your dream career? Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "An Interview With Nathan Chen, Winter Olympics 2018 Figure Skater," 14 Feb. 2018 In the world of international figure skating, no judge has ever received a lifetime ban for breaking the rules. Mary Pilon, NBC News, "Figure skating lets judges who break the rules return to judge another day," 8 Feb. 2018 Maurizi, 55, director of figure skating for the Ice House in Hackensack, N.J., said in a phone interview Wednesday. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Latest sex abuse scandal shows U.S. Olympic sports have much work to do," 14 Mar. 2018 Their broadcasting success only grew from there, with gigs for NBC outside of their expertise of figure skating at the Super Bowl, the National Dog Show, the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Inside Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s Rise From Olympic Figure Skaters to Beloved Commentators," 23 Feb. 2018 As in figure skating, the harder pieces were worth more points. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Hear that sound? It’s 150 accordionists celebrating the love of their instrument.," 11 July 2018 The Winter Olympics are here, and figure skating is always one of its most popular sports. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "What ice skating can teach your small business," 14 Feb. 2018 If figure skating is about showmanship and artistry, speedskating is about having flawless technique. Bethany Ao,, "Want to learn how to speedskate? This Pennsylvania club will teach you how," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of figure skating

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

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