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Definition of rink

1a : a smooth extent of ice marked off for curling or ice hockey
b : a surface of ice for ice-skating also : a building containing such a rink
c : an enclosure for roller-skating
2 : an alley for lawn bowling
3 : a team in bowls or curling

Examples of rink in a Sentence

The hockey team is practicing at the rink.

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After an introduction, two skaters took my hands and skated me around the large rink. Marc Myers, WSJ, "How Real Estate Helped Burt Ward Become Batman’s Robin," 16 Oct. 2018 Winter Cherry was one of Kemerovo's most popular entertainment centers for children, with its own indoor skating rink, petting zoo and trampolines. Fox News, "At least 64 dead in massive Russian mall fire, report says," 26 Mar. 2018 This auditorium was built as a dance hall in 1912, converted into a roller skating rink in the 1930s, then reconverted to hold dances and concerts. latimes.com, "Today: What Could Go Wrong?," 4 May 2018 Quads aren't something done casually at a shopping mall ice rink. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood’s Keegan Messing is ready to rock Pyeongchang," 8 Feb. 2018 In 1980, Giorgio Armani shut down the skating rink at Rockefeller Center for a fashion show. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019 All of which is to say that seeing Prior out late after practice ended–cruising around the near-empty rink at City National Arena, chit-chatting with lineup extras, scooping up loose pucks–would not shock anyone who knows him well. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Vegas Goalie Coach Dave Prior Is Lucky to Be Alive and Still Chasing His First Stanley Cup," 31 May 2018 Behind them, the ice skating rink at Bryant Park had become, essentially, a very large kiddie pool, covered by vast patches of water about an inch deep. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Ice Rink or Pool? On a 78-Degree Winter Day, It Was Hard to Tell," 21 Feb. 2018 Olympic records were being broken all over the rink at the ice dance free skate in Gangneung Ice Arena. Time, "Olympic Ice Dance Skating Sets New Records, While Hitting Emotional Highs and Lows," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rink

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rink

Middle English (Scots) rinc area in which a contest takes place, from Anglo-French renc row, lists — more at rank entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rink

: an often enclosed area that has a special surface of ice, smooth pavement, etc., and that is used for skating


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Kids Definition of rink

: a place for ice-skating or roller-skating

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