[ kah-tuh ]
/ ˈkɑ tə /
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.
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Question 1 of 10
Origin of kata
1950–55; <Japanese: shape, pattern
Definition for kata (2 of 2)
variant of cata-: katabasis; katamorphism.
Also especially before a vowel, kat- .
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British Dictionary definitions for kata (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkætə) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for kata (2 of 2)
a variant of cata-
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