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Skate definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SKATE, n. A sort or shoe furnished with a smooth iron for sliding on ice.
SKATE, v.i. To slide or move on skates.
SKATE, n. [L. squatus, squatina.] A fish of the ray kind, (Raia Batis;) called the variegated ray-fish, It is a flat fish, the largest and thinnest of the genus, some of them weighing nearly two hundred pounds.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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
2: 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 v
1: move along on skates; "The Dutch often skate along the canals in winter"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun (plural skates; also skate) Etymology: Middle English scate, from Old Norse skata Date: 14th century any of a family (Rajidae, especially genus Raja) of rays with the pectoral fins greatly developed giving the fish a flat diamond shape II. noun Etymology: modification of Dutch schaats, from Middle Dutch schaetse stilt, from Old French dialect (Flanders, Hainaut) *escace, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English sceacan to shake more at shake Date: 1684 1. a. a metal frame that can be fitted to the sole of a shoe and to which is attached a runner or a set of wheels for gliding over ice or a surface other than ice b. roller skate; especially in-line skate c. ice skate 2. a period of skating III. verb (skated; skating) Date: 1696 intransitive verb 1. to glide along on skates propelled by the alternate action of the legs 2. to slip or glide as if on skates 3. to proceed in a superficial or blithe manner transitive verb to go along or through by skating IV. noun Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect skite an offensive person Date: 1894 1. a thin awkward-looking or decrepit horse ; nag 2. fellow 4c

Britannica Concise

Any of nine genera (suborder Rajoidea) of rounded to diamond-shaped rays. These bottom-dwellers are found from tropical to near-Arctic waters and from the shallows to depths of more than 9,000 ft (2,700 m). Most have spines on the upper surface, and some have weak electrical organs in their long, slender tails. Skates lay oblong, leathery eggs (called mermaid's purses), which are often found on beaches. Species vary from 20 in. (50 cm) to 8 ft (2.5 m) long. They swim with an undulating movement of their pectoral fins. They trap active mollusk, crustacean, and fish prey by dropping down on them from above. Skates' "wings" are edible.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 each of a pair of steel blades (or of boots with blades attached) for gliding on ice. 2 (in full roller skate) each of a pair of metal frames with small wheels, fitted to shoes for riding on a hard surface. 3 a device on which a heavy object moves. --v. 1 a intr. move on skates. b tr. perform (a specified figure) on skates. 2 intr. (foll. by over) refer fleetingly to, disregard. Phrases and idioms: get one's skates on Brit. sl. make haste. skate on thin ice colloq. behave rashly, risk danger, esp. by dealing with a subject needing tactful treatment. skating-rink a piece of ice artificially made, or a floor used, for skating. Derivatives: skater n. Etymology: orig. scates (pl.) f. Du. schaats (sing.) f. ONF escace, OF eschasse stilt 2. n. (pl. same or skates) any cartilaginous marine fish of the family Rajidae, esp. Raja batis, a large flat rhomboidal fish used as food. Etymology: ME f. ON skata 3. n. sl. a contemptible, mean, or dishonest person (esp. cheap skate). Etymology: 19th c.: orig. uncert.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skate Skate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Skated; p. pr. & vb. n. Skating.] To move on skates.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skate Skate, n. [Icel. skata; cf. Prov. G. schatten, meer-schatten, L. squatus, squatina, and E. shad.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. Note: 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. l[ae]vis) is also a large species, often becoming three or four feet across. The common spiny skate (R. erinacea) is much smaller. Skate's egg. See Sea purse. Skate sucker, any marine leech of the genus Pontobdella, parasitic on skates.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skate Skate, n. [D. schaats. Cf. Scatches.] 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. --Thomson. Roller skate. See under Roller.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(skates, skating, skated) 1. Skates are ice-skates. N-COUNT 2. Skates are roller-skates. N-COUNT 3. If you skate, you move about wearing ice-skates or roller-skates. I actually skated, and despite some teetering I did not fall on the ice... Dan skated up to him. VERB: V, V adv/prep skating They all went skating together in the winter. skater (skaters) West Lake, an outdoor ice-skating rink, attracts skaters during the day and night. N-COUNT 4. A skate is a kind of flat sea fish. Boats had plenty of mackerel and a few skate. = ray N-COUNT Skate is this fish eaten as food. N-UNCOUNT 5. If you skate over or round a difficult subject, you avoid discussing it. Scientists have tended to skate over the difficulties of explaining dreams... When pressed, he skates around the subject of those women who he met as a 19-year-old. VERB: V over n, V round/around n

Moby Thesaurus

Reptilia, bloke, boy, buck, chap, coast, fellow, flit, flow, fly, gent, gentleman, glide, glissade, guy, ice skates, ice-skate, man, roller skates, roller-skate, sail, sideslip, skateboard, skates, ski, skid, skim, sled, sleigh, slide, slip, slither, snowshoes, sweep, toboggan


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