- a form of skate with four wheels or rollers instead of a runner, for use on a sidewalk or other surface offering traction.
Origin of roller skate
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
- to glide about by means of roller skates.
Origin of roller-skate
First recorded in 1870–75; v. use of roller skate
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- a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface
- a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe
- (intr) to move on roller skates
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