• WordNet 3.6
    • v skate move along on skates "The Dutch often skate along the canals in winter"
    • n skate large edible rays having a long snout and thick tail with pectoral fins continuous with the head; swim by undulating the edges of the pectoral fins
    • n skate sports equipment that is worn on the feet to enable the wearer to glide along and to be propelled by the alternate actions of the legs
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The common skate The common skate
A skate sail A skate sail

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During winter in Moscow the skating rinks cover more than 250,000 square meters of land.
    • n Skate skāt A metallic runner with a frame shaped to fit the sole of a shoe, -- made to be fastened under the foot, and used for moving rapidly on ice. "Batavia rushes forth; and as they sweep,
      On sounding skates , a thousand different ways,
      In circling poise, swift as the winds, along,
      The then gay land is maddened all to joy."
    • n Skate (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of large, flat elasmobranch fishes of the genus Raia, having a long, slender tail, terminated by a small caudal fin. The pectoral fins, which are large and broad and united to the sides of the body and head, give a somewhat rhombic form to these fishes. The skin is more or less spinose.☞ Some of the species are used for food, as the European blue or gray skate (Raia batis), which sometimes weighs nearly 200 pounds. The American smooth, or barn-door, skate (R. lævis) is also a large species, often becoming three or four feet across. The common spiny skate (R. erinacea) is much smaller.
    • v. i Skate To move on skates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1908, figure skating became the first winter sport to be included in the Olympics.
    • n skate A raioid or batoid plagiostomous fish of the family Raiidæ and genus Raia; a kind of ray. All skates are rays, but all rays are not called skates, this name being applied chiefly to certain small rays of the restricted genus Raia, of both Europe and America. The common blue or gray skate or ray of the British coast is Raia batis, of a somewhat lozenge-shaped figure, and rather long tail, with some fin-like expansions near its end, as well as prominent claspers and other processes at the root. Other skates of British waters are the long-nosed and sharp-nosed, and the thornback. On the Atlantic coast of North America the common little skate, a foot or two long, is R. erinacea, sometimes called tobacco-box. The big skate or ocellated ray is R. ocellata, nearly 3 feet; the starry skate, R. radiata, of medium size, is found on both coasts; R. eglanteria is the brierskate, medium-sized, and not common. The largest is the barn-door skate, R, lævis, about 4 feet long. The common skate of the Pacific side is R. binoculata, and several others occur on the same coast Some of these fishes are edible, and, on the continent of Europe, even esteemed. Their egg-cases (skate-barrows) are curious objects. See also cuts under Elasmobranchii, mermaid's-purse, and ray.
    • n skate A contrivance for enabling a person to glide swiftly on ice, consisting of a steel runner fixed either to a wooden sole provided with straps and buckles, or to a light iron or steel frame-work having adjustable clamps or other means of attachment to a shoe or boot. See roller-skate.
    • skate To glide over ice and snow on skates.
    • n skate In New Zealand, the skate is Raja nasuta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first triple jump in figure skating competition was performed by Dick Button in 1952.
    • n Skate skāt a kind of sandal or frame of wood on a steel blade for moving on ice
    • v.i Skate to slide on, skates
    • n Skate skāt the popular name of several species of Ray, esp. those of the family Raiidæ and genus Raia, with greatly extended pectoral fins.
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  • Katarina Witt
    Katarina Witt
    “When I go our on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.”
  • Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky
    “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.”
  • Bonnie Blair
    Bonnie Blair
    “My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you're serious, and I've always liked it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.”


Get your skates on - This is used as a way of telling people to hurry up.
Skate on thin ice - If someone is skating on thin ice, they are taking a big risk.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skata,; cf. Prov. G. schatten, meer-schatten, L. squatus, squatina, and E. shad,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. skata—Low L. squatus—L. squatina; cf. Shad.


In literature:

Rob waved a pair of skates in reply, and quickened his stride until he came within speaking distance.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
You'd better wait out here for me and not try to clatter in with those skates.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
I thought it rather good fun just at the beginning, and wished I could learn to skate.
"My New Home" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Gymnasium athletics lost their charm for those girls who were truly active and could skate.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
She wondered when Aunt Prissy would give her the skates, and Uncle Phil teach her how to use them.
"A Little Maid of Ticonderoga" by Alice Turner Curtis
I've been wishing all this fall for a pair of skates, because all the girls are going to have them.
"Jessie Carlton" by Francis Forrester
Beech Creek lay to the south and was used for bathing and boating and skating in their seasons.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
I found that the boys thereabouts knew how to skate, and was not long in buying a pair of skates, myself.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Were you thinking of bringing your skates?
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
A few minutes later Frederick-Christian, deciding it was time to return to his Hotel, skated toward the bank.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre

In poetry:

And when the frosts of winter came,
And bound the streams in fetters tight,
It gave me pleasure all the same
To skate upon their bosom bright.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
We skated on stream and pond; we cut
The crinching snow
To Doric temple or Arctic hut;
We laughed and sang at nightfall, shut
By the fireside glow.
"I Shall Never Love the Snow Again" by Robert Seymour Bridges
Trained for either camp or court,
Skilful in each manly sport,
Young and beautiful and tall;
Art of warfare, craft of chases,
Swimming, skating, snow-shoe races,
Excellent alike in all.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf II. -- The King's Return" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There squads of skate-winged demons lurk,
skirling through everlasting murk
where ruddy flames hold revel.
All is fire and ice by turns,
everything freezes or it burns,
the dead souls —- and the Devil.
"Hell" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
We'll sing while we bait, and we'll sing while we haul
For the deeps of the Haaf have enough for us all:
There is torsk for the gentle, and skate for the carle,
And there's wealth for bold Magnus, the son of the earl.
"Song of the Zetland Fisherman" by Sir Walter Scott
Now if our rude tars will so crowd up the seas,
That his boats have not room to go down when they please,
Can't he wait till the channel is quite frozen over,
And a stout pair of skates will transport him to Dover.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Emotions of skating help with similar challenges.
Skating icon loses chance for elusive gold.
That would be nine, says the figure skating superstar, who tied Maribel Vinson's record.
Skating Without a Net, Kwan Takes the Lead.
Lipinski profile Kwan profile Figure skating section.
Michelle Kwan will skate first in Friday's final round.
Kwan profile Figure skating section.
Michelle Kwan profile Tara Lipinski profile Nicole Bobek profile Figure skating section.
Pat LaFontaine #16 of the New York Islanders skates during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This is the Grand Strand's first opportunity this year to see the PSRG skate as a team.
Woody and the gang lace up skates in Disney on Ice's 'Toy Story 3'.
Over the past several months the Northwest's very own Mark "Red" Scott has been skating with Lifeblood Skateboards' team riders Kevin Kowalski and Cody Lockwood.
DC has a new skate park this year, courtesy of the Maloof family.
Olympic gold ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi chatted with readers about fitness and her experiences with skating and later with dancing on "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday, May 9.
Update from the morning skate in Vancouver: Niklas Kronwall has a sore groin and won't play tonight against the Canucks, but it's nothing significant, coach Mike Babcock said.

In science:

There are even some ‘warped’ scenarios in which there is an extra dimension of infinite size : in this case, we are literally the ‘scum of the Universe’, rather like insects skating on the surface of a pond, supported by surface tension.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model