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slalom

[slah-luh m, -lohm]
noun
  1. Skiing. a downhill race over a winding and zigzag course marked by poles or gates.Compare giant slalom.
  2. any winding or zigzag course marked by obstacles or barriers, as one in which automobiles are tested for maneuverability or drivers for reaction time.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Skiing. to ski in or as if in a slalom.
  2. to move in a winding or zigzag fashion; weave.
  3. to follow a course with many twists and turns.
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adjective
  1. of, for, or designating a zigzag course with obstacles, barriers, or the like: an excellent slalom skier.
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Origin of slalom

1920–25; < Norwegian slalåm, equivalent to sla(d) sloping + låm track
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slalom

noun
  1. skiing a race, esp one downhill, over a winding course marked by artificial obstacles
  2. a similar type of obstacle race in canoes
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verb
  1. (intr) to take part in a slalom
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Word Origin

Norwegian, from slad sloping + lom path
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Word Origin and History for slalom

n.

1921, from Norwegian slalam "skiing race," literally "sloping track," from sla "slope" + lam "track" (related to Norwegian laan "a row of houses;" cf. lane).

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