verb (used without object), ice-skat·ed, ice-skat·ing.
- to skate on ice.
- a shoe fitted with a metal blade for skating on ice.
- skate1(def 3).
- a boot having a steel blade fitted to the sole to enable the wearer to glide swiftly over ice
- the steel blade on such a boot or shoe
- (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.