Definition of ice skate in US English:

ice skate


  • A boot with a blade attached to the bottom, used for skating on ice.

    • ‘Their children practically get raised up on ice skates, and the town lives for its weekly hockey game where their team divides up to play against itself.’
    • ‘As far as I can gather, it had something to do with Gladiators, ice-skates and Dani Behr.’
    • ‘‘Since you're moving as fast as guys on ice skates, there's less maneuverability,’ says Bedford.’
    • ‘York's own contribution to the 1954 silly season included an ambitious fellow who traipsed down to London on ice skates, in quest of a show business contract: the only thing he got was plenty of exercise.’
    • ‘Still holding on to Katalyn's hand, he pulled her down to the ice skate rental booth.’
    • ‘Now, if you're like me and you haven't ever strapped on a pair of ice skates in your life, don't fret, because the included Hockey School is designed to educate even the most ice illiterate player.’
    • ‘The four wheels and the metal plate on a roller skate are much heavier than the single blade on an ice skate.’
    • ‘Or maybe just the sheer physical size that gives an impression of the whole of our Rugby World Cup squad pirouetting on a tapering ice skate.’
    • ‘‘This is ridiculous,’ I said, looking something like a novice on ice skates.’
    • ‘In so doing he has made a film in which the musical numbers are in black and white, the funeral scenes are in colour, the pallbearers wear ice skates and the trolley routes end at the beer hall.’
    • ‘It's a light blue sweater with a white ice skate embroidered on it.’
    • ‘There stood Kenta, ice skate in hand and looking throroughly horrified and worried at the same time.’
    • ‘One woman even wrote to say she spotted perhaps the most perplexing left-behind footwear of all: a solitary ice skate.’
    • ‘The lifelong New Hampshire resident lived alone in an island cabin for four years without plumbing or electricity while commuting to work at Yankee magazine by canoe and ice skates.’
    • ‘How much time do you have to spend learning to ice-skate before you can actually play ice-hockey?’
    • ‘Well, you know we make a plastic ice skate that would be a good match for your frame.’
    • ‘Once the rink opened Michael took my comfy worn trainers and returned with a pair of ice-skates which I dubiously donned.’
    • ‘Becky put on her ice skates and fastened them tightly.’
    • ‘The point was much more subtle - a warm coin will sink into ice a bit, at which point it becomes a significant impediment to the progress of an ice skate.’
    • ‘Sports engineers could use the data to design better skis and ice skates, except in this case they would be looking to engineer surfaces that do slip more easily.’


[no object]
  • Skate on ice as a sport or pastime.

    ‘we ice-skated on the neighborhood pond’
    • ‘In Australia many of us still write cards with snow and ice scenes, people ice-skating on frozen lakes and pictures of cute reindeers.’
    • ‘One of the first things I did was to start renting figure skates on Thursday night at Berkeley's Iceland, thinking I was going to become a better inline skater by learning how to ice skate.’
    • ‘Even though I can't do some stuff I'd like to do - like ice skate, play contact sports, run without a little extra hop in my step - I never think of myself as handicapped.’
    • ‘The three-story, old-fashioned log lodge overlooks a bucolic meadow, ponds, and the west fork of the Little Colorado River, places where you can play horseshoes or fly-fish in the summer and ice-skate or cross-country ski in the winter.’
    • ‘I remember shooting a scene with him, where he had to ice skate, which he hadn't done in maybe 48 years or something.’
    • ‘New Year's Eve with a difference is on offer from the Youth Travel Group - a night-long BYO party in New York where more than 750,000 celebrate amid the snow in Times Square and ice-skate in Central Park.’
    • ‘She told him that her grandmother taught her to ice skate but she never told him she used to ice skate in tournaments.’
    • ‘I still had my baby face, this very period look - red hair and freckles - and they needed a big ensemble of people who could ice skate and dance on pointe.’
    • ‘And one of the things a lot of people don't know she does is ice skate.’
    • ‘So, she asked me if I wanted to ice skate and I said ‘Yes!’’
    • ‘One displayed snowy hills dotted in black firs surrounding a frozen pond with children ice-skating.’
    • ‘Take a guided tour with the Hyatt's ski ambassador, snowshoe beneath the aspens, or ice-skate under the stars in Beaver Creek Village.’
    • ‘Her character in the film is supposed to ice skate in a pivotal scene, but Ryder didn't know how to ice skate, nor was she remotely interested in learning.’
    • ‘She couldn't ice skate and she encountered some problems.’
    • ‘I haven't been ice skating in like six years but Daryl said he used to ice skate all the time.’
    • ‘I want to be able to teach the kid how to ice skate and play hockey.’
    • ‘Well, now that we have snow and the pond has frozen, we ice skate, play hockey.’
    • ‘Anyway, we decided to go down to a nearby pond to ice skate - without Mrs. Havish knowing, of course, because it would be ‘bad for my health.’’
    • ‘It may also be that young Mr RamSingh thought the offer of two VIP tickets also purchased professional integrity but that is as unlikely as the devil ice-skating.’
    • ‘And I can't even ice skate let alone work the magic hockey players do on skates.’


ice skate

/ˈaɪs ˌskeɪt//ˈīs ˌskāt/