from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shoe or boot with two or four wheels or casters attached to its sole for skating on hard surfaces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A boot having small wheels or casters attached to its sole; used for roller skating
  • v. To skate using roller skates

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a shoe with a set of wheels attached so that the wearer can glide over a flat surface. To move on such a device is reverred to as to skate or to rollerskate. To rollerskate is a form of recreation or sport.
  • a metal frame of the size of a shoe, with a set of wheels attached, and with adjustable clamps and straps that permit a shoe to be reversibly fastened to the frame. It serves the same purpose as the roller skate having the shoe permanently attached, but is typically less expensive.
  • n. a skate which has small wheels in the place of the metallic runner; -- designed for use in skating upon a smooth, hard surface, other than ice.
  • n. See under Roller.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles
  • n. a shoe with pairs of rollers fixed to the sole


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