Definition of slalom in English:


Line breaks: sla¦lom
Pronunciation: /ˈslɑːləm


  • 1A ski race down a winding course marked out by poles: the season opens with a slalom on Sunday [as modifier]: a slalom course
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    • More than 400 competitors from 40 countries will take part in half-pipe, big air, snowboard-cross, parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom.
    • I kept finding myself so close to the gate I could have crossblocked them like a slalom course.
    • Could Killy himself pull off a hat trick of Olympic victories at Grenoble in downhill, giant slalom, and slalom?
  • 1.1A sporting event on water with a winding course marked out by obstacles, typically a canoe or sailing race: [as modifier]: a slalom kayak
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    • Bill Endicott, team leader for the USA Canoe / Kayak whitewater slalom team, received an important phone call Saturday night.
    • The second day is a slalom event where sailors race around a short course with many turns.
    • Canoe slalom is one of the most spectacular Olympic watersports, demanding skill, stamina and courage.


[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
  • Move or race in a winding path, avoiding obstacles: she drove with reckless speed, slaloming in and out of the stalled cars
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    • Campos makes an immediate impression, just as he did against Slovenia, slaloming through the German penalty area.
    • Huckerby slalomed into the penalty area and was crudely bundled over by Matthew Taylor.
    • Braking means not only the heel brake, but alternative speed control methods like the T-stop, slaloming, toe-drag, and others.



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  • The magazine was published during 1986 and 1995 and was sent by post to slalomers all over the world.
  • But I've seen videos of good slalomers, and some of them seem to have very high stance angles.
  • This is normally done after all the other slalomers have completed their runs.


1920s: from Norwegian, literally 'sloping track'.

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