[ peest ]
/ pist /
a track or trail, as a downhill ski run or a spoor made by a wild animal.
(in fencing) a regulation-size strip, usually 2 meters wide and 14 meters long, on which fencers compete.
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Origin of piste
1720–30; < French: animal track < Italian pista, pesta, noun derivative of pestare to pound, crush < Vulgar Latin, frequentative of Latin pī(n)sere; cf. pestle
Words nearby piste
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Example sentences from the Web for piste
One just has to drive them in a straight line across the piste.
On our return to the piste, or flying field, we usually keep steadily at it until nearly dark.
British Dictionary definitions for piste
/ (piːst) /
a trail, slope, or course for skiing
a rectangular area for fencing bouts
Word Origin for piste
C18: via Old French from Old Italian pista, from pistare to tread down
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