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or roll·er·skate

verb (used without object), roll·er-skat·ed, roll·er-skat·ing.
  1. to glide about by means of roller skates.
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Origin of roller-skate

First recorded in 1870–75; v. use of roller skate
Related formsroller skater, nounroll·er·skat·er, noun

roller skate

  1. a form of skate with four wheels or rollers instead of a runner, for use on a sidewalk or other surface offering traction.
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Origin of roller skate

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for roller-skate

Historical Examples of roller-skate

  • "Well, I guess he won't get in the way of your roller-skate wagon again," said Mrs. Bunker.

    Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's

    Laura Lee Hope

  • The one shown was pivoted to a roller-skate wheel which in turn was fastened to a metal standard.

  • Then they carefully sat down on the board to which were fastened the roller-skate wheels.

  • The roller-skate wagon went faster than the junkman's horse.

British Dictionary definitions for roller-skate

roller skate

  1. a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface
  2. a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe
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verb roller-skate
  1. (intr) to move on roller skates
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Derived Formsroller skater, noun
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