skat·​ing | \ ˈskā-tiŋ \

Definition of skating

: the act, art, or sport of gliding on skates

Examples of skating in a Sentence

No skating is allowed in the parking lot. We used to go skating on the pond every winter.

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Between them, a rebar shell recalls the drill shed felled by a tornado that now holds an outdoor pavilion with a skating rink in the winter. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 The backlash began after David posted a photo of him and his 7-year-old daughter having fun at an ice skating rink and giving each other a small peck on the lips (back in 2017, David was blasted by critics for sharing a similar picture). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tom Brady Defends David Beckham After He Gets Slammed for Kissing Daughter," 28 Nov. 2018 He and his new bride had been to a roller skating rink and missed hearing the evacuation warnings from police officers who went door to door. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence packs once-in-a-generation punch for Carolinas," 11 Sep. 2018 The current community center offers ice skating rinks, athletic fields, a preschool, a gymnasium and other amenities. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "$50M bond sale for Robert Crown construction approved by Evanston aldermen," 11 July 2018 The new, glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience takes place in Studio B, Mariner's ice skating rink. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Royal Caribbean ups ante for short cruises from Miami with revamped Mariner of the Seas," 22 June 2018 According to the Boston Globe, a man found the perfect place to go ice skating on Sunday: Long Sands Beach, in York, Maine. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "WATCH: It Was Cold Enough in Maine to Go Ice Skating on the Beach this Weekend," 11 Jan. 2018 My family went ice-skating, and my two younger cousins spotted me with some really cute boys. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Ice Breakers," 21 Aug. 2013 Around the country, warmer winters could mean the closure of skating rinks, more pollen, and more ticks carrying Lyme disease, since temperatures won’t be dropping below freezing as often to kill them off. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of skating

1723, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skating was in 1723

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English Language Learners Definition of skating

: the activity or sport of gliding on skates or a skateboard

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