from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ice skate.
- n. A roller skate.
- n. A skateboard.
- n. The act or a period of skating or skateboarding.
- intransitive v. To glide or move along on or as if on skates.
- intransitive v. To ride or perform stunts on a skateboard.
- intransitive v. Informal To act in an irresponsible or superficial manner.
- n. Any of various rays of the genus Raja, having a flattened body and greatly expanded pectoral fins that extend around the head.
- n. A fellow; a person.
- n. A decrepit horse; a nag.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A runner or blade, usually of steel, with a frame shaped to fit the sole of a shoe, made to be fastened under the foot, and used for gliding on ice.
- n. abbreviated form of ice skate or roller skate
- n. The act of skateboarding
- n. The act of roller skating or ice skating
- v. To move along a surface (ice or ground) using skates.
- v. To skateboard
- n. A fish of the family Rajidae in the superorder Batoidea (rays) which inhabit most seas. Skates generally have small heads with protruding muzzles, and wide fins attached to a flat body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To move on skates.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A raioid or batoid plagiostomous fish of the family Raiidæ and genus Raia; a kind of ray.
- n. 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.
- To glide over ice and snow on skates.
- n. In New Zealand, the skate is Raja nasuta.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- n. 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. move along on skates
From Dutch schaats, stilt, skate (taken as pl.), from Middle Dutch schaetse, from Old North French escache, stilt, perhaps of Germanic origin.
Middle English scate, from Old Norse skata.
Perhaps alteration of dialectal skite, contemptible person; see blatherskite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from earlier scates, from Dutch schaats, from Old Northern French escache, compare Modern French échasse. (Wiktionary)