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Meaning of figure skate

fig'ure skate"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a shoe skate used in figure skating, esp. one having a blade shorter than that of a racing skate, usually not extending beyond the toe or heel, and with notches or sawteeth on the curved forward edge. Cf. racing skate.
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