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[ringk] /rɪŋk/
a smooth expanse of ice for ice-skating, often artificially prepared and inside a building or arena.
a smooth floor, usually of wood, for roller-skating.
a building or enclosure for ice-skating or roller-skating; skating arena.
an area of ice marked off for the game of curling.
a section of a bowling green where a match can be played.
a set of players on one side in a lawn-bowling or curling match.
Origin of rink
1325-75; Middle English (Scots) renk area for a battle, joust, or race, apparently < Middle French renc rank1 Unabridged
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  • We might go down to the rink father had made on purpose for Horatia.

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • The Eskimo hero is conveyed to his wife on a salmon's tail (rink, p. 145).

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Our idea was to build a rink along the river about where the old ferry landing is.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We hurried on to the hotel; but as we passed the rink the President stopped me for a chat.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • There were a good many other skaters on the rink, too; they were all preparing for the International Skating Competition.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for rink


an expanse of ice for skating on, esp one that is artificially prepared and under cover
an area for roller skating on
a building or enclosure for ice skating or roller skating
(bowls) a strip of the green, usually about 5–7 metres wide, on which a game is played
(curling) the strip of ice on which the game is played, usually 41 by 4 metres
(in bowls and curling) the players on one side in a game
Word Origin
C14 (Scots): from Old French renc row, rank1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rink

late 14c., Scottish dialect, probably from Old French renc, reng "row, line," from Frankish and ultimately connected with ring (n.1). Probably confused in meaning with ring (n.1) in sense of "area marked out for a sporting contest." From 1787 in curling; ice hockey sense first attested 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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