a. A usually rectangular area surfaced with smooth ice and often having a vertical boards erected around the perimeter and curving along each corner, used for skating, ice hockey, or curling.
b. A similar area having a smooth hard floor used for roller-skating.
c. A similar area, often having artificial grass, used for indoor soccer and other sports.
d. A building housing one or more of these areas.
2. A section of a bowling green large enough for holding a match.
3. A team of players in quoits, bowling, or curling.
[Middle English renk, racecourse, possibly from Old French renc, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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