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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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
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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