- ice skating in which the skater traces intricate patterns on the ice.
- a type of ice skating developed from this, emphasizing jumps, spins, and other movements that combine athletic skills and dance techniques.
- a competitive sport in which the skater is required to execute school figures and to perform one or more original programs of difficult jumps, spins, etc., to a musical setting.
Origin of figure skating
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for figure skating
But the piano playing, figure-skating, sports enthusiast Soviet expert has never been just another anything.Condoleezza Tells Her Story
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Sahwah realized that she was figure-skating on thin ice when she mentioned that subject and forebore to make any further remarks.The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit
Hildegard G. Frey
Once a Finnish lady went over to Paris and received the sum of £120 a month for giving entertainments in figure-skating.Through Finland in Carts
Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
This is the place for figure-skating; the ice is perfect, and the wind cannot interfere with the balance.The Hills and the Vale
- ice skating in which the skater traces outlines of selected patterns
- the whole art of skating, as distinct from skating at speed
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