American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ice skate.
- n. A roller skate.
- n. A skateboard.
- n. The act or a period of skating or skateboarding.
- v. To glide or move along on or as if on skates.
- v. To ride or perform stunts on a skateboard.
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To move on skates.
- n. (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.
- 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
- Back-formation from earlier scates, from Dutch schaats, from Old Northern French escache, compare Modern French échasse. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“November 20th, 2009 2: 50 pm ET it seems to me if you are black and a member of congress. "you will be geared for failure" set up for the okey doke ..... while the fbi let folks like palin skate and paul bremmer and the vanishing 9 billion dollars go up in smoke w/o a word. and EVERYONE is mumb about.”
“There are two kinds of people that really symbolize the values of determination and perfectionism to me: kids in skate board parks and graffiti artists.”
“On the replay you can see his skate is in the crease.”
“| Reply skate is ten pounds of cool .. far cry from sticky grind-rails in TOny Hawk games ..”
“The moral relativism that will probably let Conyers skate is part of that ideology.”
“Nik Antropov was sent off for high-sticking, and Weight capitalized on the ensuing power play when he directed the puck into the net with his skate from a few feet away and had to wait until it was ruled legal by video replay.”
“I was very successful in skate skis (freestyle) and not as successful in classic skis.”
“After that, the Russian was as sure as ever and as stylish and cocky as Vaclav Nijinsky, the revolutionary ballet dancer his free skate is homage to.”
“All the Stars were caught out of position on Reasoner's second goal, allowing him to again skate at the goal untouched.”
“Markov's shot by Thibault's right skate from the left goalpost for his third goal of the season.”
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