from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shoe or boot with two or four wheels or casters attached to its sole for skating on hard surfaces.
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- n. A boot having small wheels or casters attached to its sole; used for roller skating
- v. To skate using roller skates
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a skate which has small wheels in the place of the metallic runner; -- designed for use in skating upon a smooth, hard surface, other than ice.
- a shoe with a set of wheels attached so that the wearer can glide over a flat surface. To move on such a device is reverred to as to skate or to rollerskate. To rollerskate is a form of recreation or sport.
- a metal frame of the size of a shoe, with a set of wheels attached, and with adjustable clamps and straps that permit a shoe to be reversibly fastened to the frame. It serves the same purpose as the roller skate having the shoe permanently attached, but is typically less expensive.
- n. See under Roller.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles
- n. a shoe with pairs of rollers fixed to the sole
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I saw him again at noon when I was stopped by the traffic light at the four corners up on the Loreauville Road; this time he was pulling his suitcase on a roller skate up a street in a rural black slum by Bayou Teche.