[slah-luh m, -lohm]
- Skiing. a downhill race over a winding and zigzag course marked by poles or gates.Compare giant slalom.
- any winding or zigzag course marked by obstacles or barriers, as one in which automobiles are tested for maneuverability or drivers for reaction time.
- Skiing. to ski in or as if in a slalom.
- to move in a winding or zigzag fashion; weave.
- to follow a course with many twists and turns.
- of, for, or designating a zigzag course with obstacles, barriers, or the like: an excellent slalom skier.
Origin of slalom
1920–25; < Norwegian slalåm, equivalent to sla(d) sloping + låm track
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Examples from the Web for slalom
There are four disciplines on a scale from technical to speed, with slalom the most technical and the downhill the fastest.
Starting 40th in a Lienz, Austria slalom, she posted the fastest time of the day in her second run, finishing third.
The prince chatted with a few athletes and family members before conversing with Canadian slalom kayaker Michael Tayler.Prince Harry: I'm Too Old To Go Out Anymore. Really Your Highness?!
August 2, 2012
- skiing a race, esp one downhill, over a winding course marked by artificial obstacles
- a similar type of obstacle race in canoes
- (intr) to take part in a slalom
Norwegian, from slad sloping + lom path
Word Origin and History for slalom
1921, from Norwegian slalam "skiing race," literally "sloping track," from sla "slope" + lam "track" (related to Norwegian laan "a row of houses;" cf. lane).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper