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 Among the youngest victims of the Canadian syndrome is Gabrielle Cormier, 20, once a straight-A student who participated in figure skating competitions and aspired to become a pathologist. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Miner rose through the ranks in U.S. figure skating over nearly a decade, competing in two world championships, finishing 11th in 2011 and 14th in 2013. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 Megan Becka reports students will have priority of use of the competition ice rink, and the decrease of ice time is causing one local figure skating group to consider disbanding. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Chan sets world records for the free skate and total points to claim titles at the world figure skating championships in Moscow. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 The first event scheduled is figure skating June 12 at the Nashoba Valley Olympia Rink in Boxborough., 21 May 2021 Osaka, Japan • Three-time world champion Nathan Chen won the free skate at the figure skating World Team Trophy on Friday to continue his dominance of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Yeung started playing golf much later than Siriboury, instead focusing her early athletic endeavors on things such as figure skating, swimming, horseback riding and ballet. Brent Kennedy,, 14 May 2021 Expect the usual winter fare -- skiing, snowboarding, hockey, figure skating, basketball, biathlon, curling -- plus things like badminton and snowshoeing. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Figure skating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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