skat·​ing | \ ˈskā-tiŋ How to pronounce skating (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Following heavy snowfall and consistently cold temperatures, Independence was able to open the pond in Elmwood Park for ice skating. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence takes advantage of winter weather with open ice skating," 21 Feb. 2021 Bell was free skating with the puck as if working the wing during a Sunday afternoon of pond hockey. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Lake Tahoe could offer TV viewers a different perspective than previous outdoor games," 20 Feb. 2021 Of course, the NHL wouldn’t have to worry about possible team-to-team airborne transmission if every player skating was negative. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?," 17 Feb. 2021 Macauley Culkin actually delivers a nuanced, sinister performance in this highly underrated winter-set thriller that features a particularly uncomfortable sequence on a skating pond. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Snow movies: 25 flaky films to watch in the winter weather, from ‘Fargo’ to ‘Frozen’," 15 Feb. 2021 But many people still sought to drive to their favorite skating location. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Dutch get their skates on in Amsterdam before the thaw," 13 Feb. 2021 One of those rinks is at Airport Heights Elementary School, which takes the pressure off a nearby rink beloved by hockey players and other skating enthusiasts since the 1960s. Casey Brogan, Anchorage Daily News, "A multitude of outdoor ice options takes the edge off the winter of COVID," 12 Feb. 2021 Robertson’s skating has been the weakness in his game — as was his propensity to cheat offensively in the OHL, which appears to be limited at the AHL level. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Ranking the Dallas Stars’ prospects: Who are the long-term, high-end building blocks?," 31 Dec. 2020 But visibly, the creek and the skating rink by his home, long abandoned out of fear — similar to the scenes today at many communal playgrounds and parks — once again filled with the sounds of children playing. New York Times, "Vaccine Memories of Another Time and Place," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Skating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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