skate

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noun (1)

plural skates also skate
: any of a family (Rajidae, especially genus Raja) of rays with the pectoral fins greatly developed giving the fish a flat diamond shape

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skate

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noun (2)

1
a
: a metal frame that can be fitted to the sole of a shoe and to which is attached a runner or a set of wheels for gliding over ice or a surface other than ice
b
: roller skate
especially : in-line skate
c
2
: a period of skating

skate

3 of 4

verb

skated; skating

intransitive verb

1
: to glide along on skates propelled by the alternate action of the legs
2
: to slip or glide as if on skates
3
: to proceed in a superficial or blithe manner

transitive verb

: to go along or through by skating

skate

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noun (3)

1
: a thin awkward-looking or decrepit horse : nag
2

Examples of skate in a Sentence

Verb hockey players skating into position Couples skated around the rink. She skated an excellent program in the competition. We skate at the park. The bugs skated along the surface of the water.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Unveiled this week, the design plan for Gilroy Ice Center features an 80,000 square-foot complex with two NHL-sized rinks, a café, skate rental, store, and fitness center which will be open to the public. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 The veteran defenseman’s own education came a few days after he was acquired in a trade from Anaheim — at his first morning skate. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 6 May 2024 Then, on Saturday, he was drawn last to compete in the free skate and produced a dazzling performance to score 227.79, the highest ever score in this competition, before collapsing onto the ice with emotion. Issy Ronald, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 Miura and Kihara actually won the free skate portion on Thursday night, but couldn't overtake Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps' lead. Lawrence Yee, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 One other injury notable: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, sidelined with a lower-body injury, was an activate participant at morning skate but is still not cleared for game action. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Lace up your skates and get ready to fall for Sadie, Rhys and the world of Waterfell University If the hockey romance trend has your heart doing triple axels, slip off your skate guards and glide out to grab a copy of Unsteady by Peyton Corinne. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Lace up your skates...we're thrilled to announce a #DowntownSac Roller Rink coming this summer at Ali Youssefi Square, in partnership with @HOFisbetter ! Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 26 Mar. 2024 Valeri Nichushkin will return to the lineup Friday night for the Colorado Avalanche, coach Jared Bednar confirmed after the club’s morning skate. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 8 Mar. 2024
Verb
There will be food, themed drinks and skating on the Crown Center Ice Terrace, which opens Nov. 1. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 The show is hosted by Jordin Sparks and features two-time U.S. Olympian and national figure skating champion Johnny Weir and roller-skating legend Terrell Ferguson as judges. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 Cats skate with house money Sunday, as even a Boston win would leave it a best-of-3 with two including a Game 7 back in Sunrise. 2. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 12 May 2024 A couple of his son’s friends skated over and waived to Tony and the rest of the Girard family. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 11 May 2024 With each try, another child or two stopped skating or biking to bask in Sylvester’s array of explosive tricks. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, 4 May 2024 Lively music, light conversation and the sound of footsteps replaced the noise of car tires on the pavement as people walked, ran, pedaled and skated along nearly two miles of car-free roadway. Hanna Kang, Orange County Register, 4 May 2024 For that the Kings got just 16 goals and 24 assists; Dubois was skating on the fourth line Wednesday, taking a questionable penalty that led to Edmonton’s third goal. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Heat-Celtics Game 1 is Sunday up there at 1 p..m. and South Florida is off and running (and skating ) with another simultaneous, double-barreled postseason. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 20 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English scate, from Old Norse skata

Noun (2)

modification of Dutch schaats, from Middle Dutch schaetse stilt, from Old French dialect (Flanders, Hainaut) *escace, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English sceacan to shake — more at shake

Noun (3)

probably alteration of English dialect skite an offensive person

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1696, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (3)

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skate was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near skate

Cite this Entry

“Skate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skate. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

skate

1 of 3 noun
: any of numerous rays that have broad winglike fins

skate

2 of 3 noun
1
: a metallic runner fitting the sole of a shoe or a shoe with a permanently attached runner used for gliding on ice
2

skate

3 of 3 verb
skated; skating
1
: to glide along on skates
2
: to slide or move as if on skates
skater noun
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