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karate

[kuh-rah-tee]
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noun
  1. a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by striking sensitive areas on an attacker's body with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet.Compare judo, jujitsu.
  2. a sport based on this method of self-defense.
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Origin of karate

1950–55; < Japanese, equivalent to kara empty + te (earlier *tai) hand(s)
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Related Words for karate

karate, wrestling, judo, aikido, jujitsu, kendo

Examples from the Web for karate

Contemporary Examples of karate

Historical Examples of karate

  • Joe's attacker tucked his chin into his shoulder, fighter style, and moved in throwing off the effects of the karate blows.

    Frigid Fracas

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Before the native turned, the American's hand lashed out in a karate blow which stunned the other.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth

    Dallas McCord Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for karate

karate

noun
    1. a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc, made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs
    2. (as modifier)a karate chop to the head
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Word Origin for karate

Japanese, literally: empty hand, from kara empty + te hand
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Word Origin and History for karate

n.

1955, Japanese, literally "empty hand, bare hand," from kara "empty" + te "hand." A devotee is a karateka.

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