WordReference can't find this exact phrase, but click on each word to see its meaning:
We could not find the full phrase you were looking for.
The entry for "kata" is displayed below.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
(kä′tə),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Sportan exercise consisting of several of the specific movements of a martial art, esp. a pattern prescribed for defending oneself against several attackers, used in judo and karate training.
var. of cata-. Also,[esp. before a vowel,] kat-.
- Japanese: shape, pattern
a prefix meaning "down,'' "against,'' "back,'' occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (cataclysm;
on this model, used in the formation of other compound words (catagenesis;
cataphyll).Also, cat-, cath-, kata-.
- Greek kata-, combining form of katá down, through, against, according to, towards, during
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
kata /ˈkætə/ n
Etymology: 20th Century: Japanese, literally: shape, pattern
- an exercise consisting of a sequence of the specific movements of a martial art, used in training and designed to show skill in technique
cata-, kata-, (before an aspirate)cath-, (before a vowel)cat- prefix
Etymology: from Greek kata-, from kata. In compound words borrowed from Greek, kata- means: down (catabolism), away, off (catalectic), against (category), according to (catholic), and thoroughly (catalogue)
- down; downwards; lower in position: catadromous, cataphyll
- indicating reversal, opposition, degeneration, etc
- a variant of cata-