nounpl. kata, or ka·tas
Origin of kataJapanese style, traditional form
- (martial arts) A sequence of positions and movements used in the practice of many martial arts.
From Japanese 型 (“pattern, model”). In English use since the 1950s.
- Abbreviation of kata thermometer.
- (in combination) A drop (in temperature).
- kata thermometer; kata factor
(comparative more kata, superlative most kata)
From Ancient Greek κατά (kata, “downwards”). Compare cata-.
- Alternative form of gata.