skate

Skates are things you wear on your feet so you can roll around a roller rink or glide across an icy pond. Roller skates have wheels on the bottom, and ice skates have metal blades.

When you lace up your skates and start moving over the ice, you skate. You also skate when you head down the street to your friend's house on your skates—or on your skateboard. A totally different kind of skate is the sea creature that looks like a sting ray, with a wide, flat body. The sporting equipment kind of skate comes from a Germanic root meaning "thing that shakes or moves fast."

Definitions of skate
  1. noun
    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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    ice skate
    skate consisting of a boot with a steel blade fitted to the sole
    in-line skate
    a shoe with a line of rollers fixed to the sole
    roller skate
    a shoe with pairs of rollers fixed to the sole
    figure skate
    an ice skate worn for figure skating; has a slightly curved blade and a row of jagged points at the front of the blade
    hockey skate
    an ice skate worn for playing hockey; has a short blade and a strong boot to protect the feet and ankles
    rocker
    an ice skate with a curved blade
    Rollerblade
    (trademark) an in-line skate
    racing skate, speed skate
    an ice skate with a long blade; worn for racing
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    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  2. verb
    move along on skates
    “The Dutch often skate along the canals in winter”
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    ice skate
    move along on ice skates
    figure skate
    dance on skates
    roller skate
    travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles
    skateboard
    ride on a flat board with rollers attached to the bottom
    Rollerblade
    travel on shoes with a single line of rubber wheels attached to their soles
    spread-eagle
    execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out
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    glide
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  3. noun
    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
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    Raja batis, gray skate, grey skate
    common European skate used as food
    Raja erinacea, little skate
    most plentiful skate in North American inshore waters in summer; to 21 inches
    Raja radiata, thorny skate
    cold-water bottom fish with spines on the back; to 40 inches
    Raja laevis, barndoor skate
    one of the largest skates (to 5 feet); an active skate easy to hook
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    ray
    cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
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