Definition of slalom in English:

slalom

noun

  • 1A ski race down a winding course marked by flags or poles.

    • ‘I kept finding myself so close to the gate I could have crossblocked them like a slalom course.’
    • ‘In November 2000, victory in her comeback slalom laid the foundations for a remarkable season.’
    • ‘If I can find a gooshy old pair of Austrian slalom skis (no jet stix, thanks) I should be okay.’
    • ‘It shoots like a slalom course through 20-foot-tall cedars.’
    • ‘Somewhere between his last win in Wengen and the start gate at the top of the slalom course yesterday afternoon, the magic had left him.’
    • ‘In his first season racing he won the Techno formula category last year and was second in the junior slalom.’
    • ‘What's more, the parallel turn proved to be faster for slalom racing.’
    • ‘For Read won the slalom, table tennis and picked up a silver medal in the rifles.’
    • ‘He tested positive for the banned stimulant, methamphetamine, after winning the bronze medal in the slalom at Salt Lake City.’
    • ‘The Swede, who won the giant slalom, slalom and overall titles last year, recorded a combined time of 2min 25.21 sec.’
    • ‘It's part ski jump, part slalom slope and pure Engh.’
    • ‘To excel as a mogul skier, you must be on a mogul ski - essentially an old-school slalom ski without the heavy sheets of metal.’
    • ‘Like 100-meter sprinters, the top finishers in Olympic and world slalom races are separated by only hundredths of a second.’
    • ‘Only three races remain this season, a super-G on Thursday, and a giant slalom and slalom on Saturday and Sunday.’
    • ‘Paerson appears to have picked up where she left off last year, when she won the giant slalom and slalom season titles.’
    • ‘Could Killy himself pull off a hat trick of Olympic victories at Grenoble in downhill, giant slalom, and slalom?’
    • ‘More than 400 competitors from 40 countries will take part in half-pipe, big air, snowboard-cross, parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom.’
    • ‘For example, one pro skater might challenge you to break his record in a downhill slalom race that is akin to bobsledding.’
    • ‘At the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics, Hanni won a bronze medal in the slalom.’
    • ‘In snowboarding, brother and sister Owen and Ashley Cook cleaned up in the slalom and freestyle.’
    1. 1.1A sporting event on water with a winding course marked by obstacles, typically a canoe or sailing race.
      • ‘Jeram Alas finished on top of the final standings, thanks to its double victory in the slalom and down-the-river events.’
      • ‘The project will see the creation of a canoe slalom course.’
      • ‘Only men compete in the canoe flatwater and slalom racing, and there are 12 events in total, nine for men and three for women.’
      • ‘It would have consisted of a canoe slalom course, canoe run and changing and training facilities.’
      • ‘I do all three events, which is slalom, trick and jump, and I'm actually competing in the overall events as well.’
      • ‘Canoe slalom is one of the most spectacular Olympic watersports, demanding skill, stamina and courage.’
      • ‘The second day is a slalom event where sailors race around a short course with many turns.’
      • ‘The next weekend, Olson won a slalom event at West Los Angeles College.’
      • ‘Bill Endicott, team leader for the USA Canoe / Kayak whitewater slalom team, received an important phone call Saturday night.’
      • ‘Later, the white-water race and slalom events were added.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Move or race in a winding path, avoiding obstacles.

    ‘she drove with reckless speed, slaloming in and out of the stalled cars’
    • ‘Singing whales appear to slalom from one geographic feature to the next using the echoes of their intense, infrasonic voices to navigate.’
    • ‘There are hidden currents here; the canoe might overturn, and slaloming up through the rapids feels like taking a backwards ride on a log flume.’
    • ‘No doubt they will teach me how to be graceful on the snow, how to slalom with the best of them and how to stop on a sixpence.’
    • ‘She slaloms down some of the most treacherous ski slopes, thrice a week.’
    • ‘It is hard in retrospect to think quite how we contrived to slalom through last week.’
    • ‘An experienced Skyray user can perform aerobatics, doing barrel rolls and slaloming through clouds.’
    • ‘As if that weren't enough, we're slaloming down a field of ice-floes, dodging bergs as big as apartment blocks.’
    • ‘The few cars slalom on the street below, find their traction, then spin tires and fishtail again at each stop sign up the block.’
    • ‘From behind the building, a Mind-Melder floated around the corner, slaloming through invisible gates.’
    • ‘Once you get the hang of it, set up markers to slalom around.’
    • ‘Contest is a set of 5 rounds where the aim is to obtain as many points as possible by slaloming and performing tricks.’
    • ‘Braking means not only the heel brake, but alternative speed control methods like the T-stop, slaloming, toe-drag, and others.’
    • ‘Aided and abetted by the ubiquitous Mícheál on guitar, Mark deftly slalomed his way through a nice range of beautifully written songs.’
    • ‘For my 21st birthday I want to slalom through the Northern Lights the way children run through floor fountains.’
    • ‘They save energy by slaloming back and forth between the vortices, or whirlpools.’
    • ‘It's a bit like a car, gathering speed, and just winging out of control, starting to slalom on the ice until it explodes.’
    • ‘You are ready to slalom down an awesome ski slope, with an adrenaline-pumping playlist queued up on your MP3 player.’
    • ‘A Saturday morning beside her, slaloming round the car park at Tesco, can only be bourne after two gin and tonics - at least.’
    • ‘Huckerby slalomed into the penalty area and was crudely bundled over by Matthew Taylor.’
    • ‘Campos makes an immediate impression, just as he did against Slovenia, slaloming through the German penalty area.’

Origin

1920s: from Norwegian slalåm, literally sloping track.

Pronunciation:

slalom

/ˈsläləm/