verb (used without object), ice-skat·ed, ice-skat·ing.

  1. to skate on ice.


  1. a shoe fitted with a metal blade for skating on ice.
  2. skate1(def 3).


  1. a boot having a steel blade fitted to the sole to enable the wearer to glide swiftly over ice
  2. the steel blade on such a boot or shoe

verb ice-skate

  1. (intr) to glide swiftly over ice on ice skates

1690s, from ice (n.) + skate (n.2). The verb usually was simply skate until the advent of roller-skating mid-18c. made distinction necessary.

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