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kata

[kah-tuh] /ˈkɑ tə/
noun
1.
an exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, especially a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers, used in judo and karate training.
Origin of kata
1950-1955
1950-55; < Japanese: shape, pattern

kata-

1.
variant of cata-.
Also, especially before a vowel, kat-.
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  • If a verbal message is sent to a friend, a kata is sent with it.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet

    A. Henry Savage Landor
  • It is also called the catamenia or catamenia-flow (Greek, kata—by, men—a month).

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • "I'll call the whole house to prove it," said Mrs. kata, with a face as red as scarlet.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • So called from Kali, the Hindu goddess, and kata, laughter; because human victims were formerly here sacrificed to her.

  • kata fell to with an appetite and Tommy saw that his plate was replenished as soon as it was emptied.

    Boy Scouts on the Great Divide Archibald Lee Fletcher
  • Mrs. kata, under the shock of these words, shrunk terrified into a corner of the room.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • Takata Dono, or the Takata no kata, so named from the fief, is not known to fame or history under other appellation.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Tenju-in-Den lived to over eighty years; the Takata no kata died, aged seventy-two years.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Not to give or send a kata to an honoured visitor is considered a breach of good manners and is equivalent to a slight.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • Next one horseman rode ahead at full gallop flying a kata, while some twenty others followed closely behind.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for kata

kata

/ˈkætə/
noun
1.
an exercise consisting of a sequence of the specific movements of a martial art, used in training and designed to show skill in technique
Word Origin
C20: Japanese, literally: shape, pattern

kata-

prefix
1.
a variant of cata-
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