from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of basic body positioning and movement exercises, as in karate or judo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Abbreviation of kata thermometer.
  • n. A drop (in temperature).
  • adv. In a direction analogous to down, but along the additional axis added by the fourth dimension.
  • n. A sequence of positions and movements used in the practice of many martial arts.


Japanese, style, traditional form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese  ("pattern, model"). In English use since the 1950s. (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek κατά ("downwards"). Compare cata-. (Wiktionary)



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  • Sounds a lot like editing. ;-)

    January 27, 2009

  • When I was a karate white belt, I won a gold medal for kata.

    January 26, 2009

  • “A kata is an exercise in karate where you repeat a form many, many times, making little improvements in each.�?

    Code Kata

    January 26, 2009

  • Greek Down.

    July 9, 2008