Definition of "karate" []

  • A Japanese art of self-defense in which sharp blows and kicks are administered to pressure-sensitive points on the body of an opponent. (noun)
  • A traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc, made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs (noun)

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  • (as modifier) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "karate" in a sentence
  • "But I was in what I call my karate state—a heightened level of consciousness typified by perceptual vigilance."
  • "He holds a second-degree black belt in karate, a yellow belt in jiu jitsu, and works for the Canadian Federal Public Service."
  • "In his 2004 case before the Federal Court, the government made submissions that his interest in karate could infer his involvement in terrorism,"