kata

[kah-tuh]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. kastro,
  2. kastrop-rauxel,
  3. kasugai,
  4. kasyapa,
  5. kat,
  6. kata-,
  7. katabasis,
  8. katabatic,
  9. katabolism,
  10. katahdin

Origin of kata

1950–55; < Japanese: shape, pattern

kata-

variant of cata-.
Also especially before a vowel, kat-.

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British Dictionary definitions for kata

kata

noun

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 for kata

C20: Japanese, literally: shape, pattern

kata-

prefix

a variant of cata-
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