Ice skates.



  • 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.
  • Abbreviation of ice skate
  • Abbreviation of roller skate
  • The act of skateboarding
  • The act of roller skating or ice skating
  • 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.
  • A worn-out horse.
  • A mean or contemptible person.


  • To move along a surface (ice or ground) using skates.
  • To skateboard.
  • To use the skating technique.
  • To get away with something; to be acquitted of a crime for which one is manifestly guilty.


  • Pertaining to the technique of skating.


  • from Dutch schaats, from Middle Dutch schāetse, from Old Northern French escache (compare French échasse and English scatch), from a Germanic language, perhaps Frankish *skakkjā, related to *skakan.
  • From Middle English skat, scate (also schat), from Old Norse skata. Cognate with Icelandic skata, Norwegian skate.
  • Unknown.

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