skate: Meaning and Definition of
— n., v., skat•ed, skat•ing.
- See(def. 1).
- the blade of an ice skate.
- a skid on a lifeboat to facilitate launching from a listing ship.
- to make haste.
- to glide or propel oneself over ice, the ground, etc., on skates.
- to glide or slide smoothly along.
- to shirk one's duty; loaf.
- (of the tone arm on a record player) to swing toward the spindle while a record is playing.
- to slide (a flat) across the floor of a stage.
- to be or place oneself in a risky or delicate situation: Taking a public stand on the question would be skating on thin ice.
— pl. skate, skates.
- any of several rays of the genus Raja, usually having a pointed snout, as R. binoculatainhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of the U.S., growing to a length of 8 ft. (2.4 m).
— n. Slang.
- a person; fellow: He's a good skate.
- a contemptible person.
- an inferior, decrepit horse; nag.
- skate (Thesaurus)