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This page has 4 definitions of skating in English. Skating is a verb and noun. Also define these 3 related words and terms: skate, sport, and skiing.





  1. present participle of skate
    • Skate definition
      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. (1 of 5 skate definitions)


skating (usually uncountable, plural skatings)

  1. The action of moving along a surface (ice or ground) using skates.
    • 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Prudence”, in Essays: First Series:
      In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
    • 1854, Charles Manby Smith, The working-man's way in the world, page 283:
      My merry Christmas and first matrimonial plum-pudding, which I had a hand in compounding — the sprig of mistletoe which I bought for home-consumption, the walks in the parks and the skatings on the Serpentine during the two days' holiday []
  2. (uncountable) The sport of moving along a surface using skates.
    • Sport definition
      Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics. (1 of 14 sport definitions)
  3. (skiing, uncountable) A method of propulsion, where one moves similar to how a skater propels themselves. A technique in skiing, where a ski is planted diagonally, to push off of, and one slides forward on the ski facing straight foward, and then repeats the process with the swapping of the feet's actions.

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