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Syllabification: skate
Pronunciation: /skāt
 
/

noun

1An ice skate or roller skate.
Example sentences
  • Frustrated at the lack of facilities on offer to them, young people in Portlaoise took matters into their own hands last week and set up their own skate and rollerblading club.
  • They look like a cross between a pair of aggressive skates and a pair of training skates.
  • These are great skates for anyone who is serious about fitness on skates and loves to go fast.
1.1A device, typically with wheels on the underside, used to move a heavy or unwieldy object.

verb

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1Move on ice skates or roller skates in a gliding fashion: the boys were skating on the ice
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  • We sat on the mezzanine floor where I was amazed by the sight of hip young waiters as they literally skated by, on roller skates, while balancing laden trays in their hands.
  • I told my mother I wanted to ice skate, but she didn't skate, and she was afraid to take me out on the ice.
  • Figure skating includes four disciplines - singles men and ladies skating, pairs skating, and ice dancing.
1.1 [with object] Perform (a specified figure) on skates: figure eights skated entirely on one foot
1.2Ride on a skateboard.
2 (skate over/around) Pass over or refer only fleetingly to (a subject or problem): she seemed to skate over the next part of her story
3 (skate through) Make quick and easy progress through: he admits he had expected to skate through the system
More example sentences
  • I'm betting a well-paid lawyer will help them skate through the legal system with the prowess of a large corporation…
  • He recently moved to Los Angeles and attended Hollywood's Musicians Institute, skating through the program in just six months.
  • I'm not happy to be some yes man and skate through my career without making something meaningful of it for myself, and more importantly others.

Origin

mid 17th century (originally as the plural scates): from Dutch schaats (singular but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse 'stilt'.

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  • Skate as in ice skates was originally written as the plural scates. It comes from Dutch schaats (a singular form but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse ‘stilt’. The phrase get one's skates on ‘hurry up’ was originally military slang in the late 19th century.

Derivatives

skater

1
noun
Example sentences
  • A half-dozen young skaters with boards under their arms sit down on a long bench up against the wood.
  • Hand rails and ledges now have metal nubs welded on them to stop skaters from grinding on them.
  • He said the skaters were using the front of the Riverbank Arts Centre as a skating area and this was not suitable.

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Syllabification: skate
Pronunciation: /skāt
 
/

noun (plural same or skates)

1A typically large marine fish of the ray family with a cartilaginous skeleton and a flattened diamond-shaped body.
Example sentences
  • The freshwater sawfish, a ray, is related to stingrays, skates, sharks, and other fishes with cartilaginous skeletons.
  • From the same family as rays, skates are bottom-dwelling fish usually found in shallow coastal waters.
  • After a total of forty minutes of heaving, the skate broke surface by the side of the boat.
1.1The flesh of a skate or thornback used as food.
Example sentences
  • If, like me, you adore the meaty flesh and sweet flavour of fresh skate, and you have not asked your fishmonger to remove the skin, then you will need to resort to the toolbox before dinner.
  • Galicians specialize in trencherman food: suckling pig, grilled skate, pulpy octopus speckled with sea salt and paprika.
  • The cooking possesses an apparent simplicity - but this should fool no one: it takes ten minutes and 30 years to cook a wing of skate to this degree of perfection.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse skata.

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  • Skate as in ice skates was originally written as the plural scates. It comes from Dutch schaats (a singular form but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse ‘stilt’. The phrase get one's skates on ‘hurry up’ was originally military slang in the late 19th century.

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noun

informal , dated or South African
An uncouth and disreputable man.

Origin

late 19th century: of uncertain origin.

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  • Skate as in ice skates was originally written as the plural scates. It comes from Dutch schaats (a singular form but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse ‘stilt’. The phrase get one's skates on ‘hurry up’ was originally military slang in the late 19th century.

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