Main definitions of skate in English

: skate1skate2skate3

skate1

noun

  • 1An ice skate or roller skate.

    ‘everyone was on skates’
    • ‘Frustrated at the lack of facilities on offer to them, young people in Portlaoise took matters into their own hands last week and set up their own skate and rollerblading club.’
    • ‘They look like a cross between a pair of aggressive skates and a pair of training skates.’
    • ‘These are great skates for anyone who is serious about fitness on skates and loves to go fast.’
    • ‘Fiera fidgeted nervously as she walked towards the local skating rink, skates in hand.’
    • ‘Find yourself an ice skating rink, and while whipping around on rental skates, check out your fellow skaters.’
    • ‘On in-line skates, the brake is in the back of the skate instead of the front, such as on roller-skates.’
    • ‘He couldn't even put on a pair of skates for five weeks.’
    • ‘The talented youngster first put on skates when he was five.’
    • ‘He also took gymnastics for a few years and can do a back flip on skates, partly as a result of his pole-vaulting experience.’
    • ‘Straighten up and narrow the gap between your skates to continue rolling in the new direction.’
    • ‘My feet did begin to hurt some after a while, but I do think that is normal when adjusting to new skates.’
    • ‘There are still a lot of people who own skates and use them from time to time.’
    • ‘So when we would finish cruising for the day, I would take off on my skates and explore.’
    • ‘All of this fresh air and warm sunshine has had me feeling pretty frisky on my skates.’
    • ‘The left skate goes in front for left parallel turns, the right skate for right turns.’
    • ‘Lift the other skate and advance it just enough so you can set the heel wheel down next to your arch.’
    • ‘What do you do with your skates and costumes at the end of the season, do you keep them at home?’
    • ‘I could bring my skates and skate around too, but I would only get myself pummeled by the varsity team, if they got out of hand.’
    • ‘He dropped out of school at 17 to try his hand at acting, doing different jobs, including sharpening skates at an ice rink, until he found theatre work.’
    • ‘Celina put on her skates and skated onto the ice.’
    1. 1.1
      short for skateboard
    2. 1.2A device, typically with wheels on the underside, used to move a heavy or unwieldy object.

verb

[no object]
  • 1Move on ice skates or roller skates in a gliding fashion.

    ‘the boys were skating on the ice’
    • ‘We sat on the mezzanine floor where I was amazed by the sight of hip young waiters as they literally skated by, on roller skates, while balancing laden trays in their hands.’
    • ‘I told my mother I wanted to ice skate, but she didn't skate, and she was afraid to take me out on the ice.’
    • ‘Figure skating includes four disciplines - singles men and ladies skating, pairs skating, and ice dancing.’
    • ‘She walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and then put on her rollerblades to skate up to work on 34th Street, about four miles way from here.’
    • ‘They kept good speed throughout the program, skated with flow and confidence.’
    • ‘Now it's a gorgeous day and we should be able to attract lots of good attention as we skate down the coast.’
    • ‘Sophie started skating at the Altrincham Ice Rink four years ago, and was devastated when it was closed in April.’
    • ‘Buys was a late starter in skating, not taking to the ice until she was nine.’
    • ‘These are definitely the most comfortable skates I have ever skated in.’
    • ‘I started skating in a toddler and parent class at the Skating Club of Wilmington.’
    • ‘Karam comes from a skating family and began skating when she was three years old.’
    • ‘Aureli began skating when she was six and started competing in dance at eight.’
    • ‘Racers may scoff, but both Liz and I feel that a heel brake is required for safe street skating.’
    • ‘John, who is two years younger than his sister, also began skating when he was nine.’
    • ‘People in London regard in line skating as a recreational sport more than anything else.’
    • ‘He skates for four hours a day, five days a week, and sometimes another two hours on Saturday.’
    • ‘The two-time World Junior bronze medalists skated close together.’
    • ‘Gregory skated in singles up to the national level in novice ladies.’
    • ‘I skated up and down my sloped neighborhood streets, analyzing the sources of my anxiety and how to relieve them.’
    • ‘We skated with and met lots of new fools over the past two months.’
    glide, drift, float, flow, slide, slip, sweep, skim, coast, skate, breeze, flit
    1. 1.1with object Perform (a specified figure) on skates.
      ‘double-eight figures skated entirely on one foot’
    2. 1.2Ride on a skateboard.
  • 2skate over/round/aroundPass over or refer only fleetingly to (a subject or problem)

    ‘she seemed to skate over the next part of her story’
    mention briefly, make only brief mention of, pass over quickly, skate over, gloss over
  • 3skate throughMake quick and easy progress through.

    ‘he admits he had expected to skate through the system’
    • ‘I'm betting a well-paid lawyer will help them skate through the legal system with the prowess of a large corporation…’
    • ‘He recently moved to Los Angeles and attended Hollywood's Musicians Institute, skating through the program in just six months.’
    • ‘I'm not happy to be some yes man and skate through my career without making something meaningful of it for myself, and more importantly others.’
    • ‘We're taking it as a foregone conclusion that Dean is going to skate through the primaries unscathed.’
    • ‘Given the politics of the Supreme Court right now, there was no one - no one - who was going to skate through this nomination.’
    • ‘If he'd truly been this ignorant about Jeff's attitude and Franklin's integrity, there was no telling what else he'd been skating through without a clue as to how bad things really were.’
    • ‘I manage to skate through several dozen questions about Ethan without exposing any sensitive aspects of myself or my mission.’
    • ‘Doctor Zane was right, Alex did prefer to skate through the majority of his life and ignore the less pleasant aspects.’
    • ‘It really let me skate through a large amount of the battles that I faced in the beginning of the game without even so much as a scratch at times.’
    • ‘It's not an intrinsically bad thing - after all, it helped me skate through grade school and high school with a minimum of effort.’

Phrases

    get one's skates on
    British informal
    • Hurry up.

      ‘I'll tell him to get his skates on’
      • ‘Although 2,000 places are still available for the run the town's first half-marathon race director Peter Robertson says anyone interested should get their skates on.’
      • ‘Women wanting to take part in this year's Race for Life in Southampton had better get their skates on as places are filling fast.’
      • ‘The polls close on the 4th of September, with the winning painting announced on the Today programme on the 5th, so get your skates on, get out there, vote early and vote often here till closing date!’
      • ‘You'll have to get your skates on though, as the cut-off date for Valentine meal deliveries is 3pm today.’
      • ‘l With just 22 days until Christmas, it really is time to get your skates on to enjoy some outdoor festive fun at the recently opened Glasgow On Ice event in George Square.’
      • ‘Tickets are selling well for this concert so get your skates on!’
      • ‘You'll need to get your skates on though, as the list needs to be compiled and sent by noon tomorrow.’
      • ‘Those who've not yet seen it would be advised to get their skates on.’
      • ‘I'd better get my skates on and finish the third Harry Potter book tomorrow or I'll be torn between the two.’
      • ‘If this doesn't make the boss get his skates on and decide to go ahead and print it, I don't know what will.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (originally as the plural scates): from Dutch schaats (singular but interpreted as plural), from Old French eschasse ‘stilt’.

Pronunciation

skate

/skeɪt/

Main definitions of skate in English

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skate2

nounskate, skates

  • 1A typically large marine fish of the ray family with a cartilaginous skeleton and a flattened diamond-shaped body.

    Family Rajidae: numerous species, in particular the commercially valuable Raja batis

    • ‘The freshwater sawfish, a ray, is related to stingrays, skates, sharks, and other fishes with cartilaginous skeletons.’
    • ‘From the same family as rays, skates are bottom-dwelling fish usually found in shallow coastal waters.’
    • ‘After a total of forty minutes of heaving, the skate broke surface by the side of the boat.’
    • ‘Mr Wells had hooked a large flatfish which he thought was a skate, but it turned out to be a stingray and it wound its tail round his arm and stuck a four-inch spike into him.’
    • ‘In some areas small skates and dogfish (a small shark species) appear to have taken over the cod's niche in the ecosystem.’
    • ‘While a fine food, skate numbers in UK and European waters are very low and this fish is officially recognised as an endangered species.’
    • ‘Cod, hake, whiting, mackerel and skate as well as shellfish were pulled from the sea.’
    • ‘Things like halibut and skate were decidedly strange - a bit like vegetables that swam.’
    • ‘If cod and haddock are overfished, monkfish and common skate threatened, farmed salmon tainted with dyes and antibiotics and game fish riddled with mercury, what are we meant to eat?’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of a skate or thornback used as food.
      • ‘If, like me, you adore the meaty flesh and sweet flavour of fresh skate, and you have not asked your fishmonger to remove the skin, then you will need to resort to the toolbox before dinner.’
      • ‘Galicians specialize in trencherman food: suckling pig, grilled skate, pulpy octopus speckled with sea salt and paprika.’
      • ‘The cooking possesses an apparent simplicity - but this should fool no one: it takes ten minutes and 30 years to cook a wing of skate to this degree of perfection.’
      • ‘Most recently, a gorgeous wild mushroom truffle soup stood out, along with a generous plate of skate dressed in an intense caper sauce.’
      • ‘Pan-seared skate's lobsterlike richness is offset by tarragon and grapefruit.’
      • ‘We had an amuse-bouche of lobster bisque with skate, a good strong flavour to get the juices flowing.’
      • ‘Who knew that grilled skate wing went nicely with a hot, red smear of sambal?’
      • ‘Place each skate fillet in the center; season and spread some basil and olives on top.’
      • ‘Delicate skate in a grainy mustard sauce is bolstered by a forceful bed of savoy cabbage and water chestnuts.’
      • ‘We used to sell mostly skate, cod and rock salmon but now the Chinese want lobster and Dover sole, while the West Indians want snapper.’
      • ‘Only skate, a little soggy in white wine and lemon, and skirt steak - which might benefit from marinating or some garlic - don't quite match up.’
      • ‘We ate fish soup, mussels, oysters, skate in brown butter and my aunt's tomato salad.’
      • ‘Throughout the western fjords, a hash of skate is cooked.’
      • ‘Melt some butter until it becomes foamy and brown, toss in some capers and lemon juice, and splash it onto the skate with a good grinding of black pepper and some chopped parsley.’
      • ‘Put the skate into a large, shallow pan and add enough water to cover it.’
      • ‘I'll have to get the skate from Boston, and I doubt I'll be able to find any that isn't frozen, but I'll let you know.’
      • ‘Most of the skate sold in fish shops is in fact thornback ray, and in the Southeast the fish has the local name roker.’
      • ‘Like the skate, this more delicate fish was simply perfect.’

Origin

Middle English from Old Norse skata.

Pronunciation

skate

/skeɪt/

Main definitions of skate in English

: skate1skate2skate3

skate3

noun

informal, datedSouth African
  • An uncouth and disreputable man.

    lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel

Origin

Late 19th century of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

skate

/skeɪt/