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noun \ˈskid\

Simple Definition of skid

  • : a sudden, uncontrolled sliding movement

  • : one of a pair of long narrow parts on which a helicopter or airplane rests

  • sports : a series of losses that happen one after the other : a losing streak

Full Definition of skid

  1. 1 :  one of a group of objects (as planks or logs) used to support or elevate a structure or object

  2. 2 :  a wooden fender hung over a ship's side to protect it in handling cargo

  3. 3 :  a usually iron shoe or clog attached to a chain and placed under a wheel to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill :  drag

  4. 4 :  a timber, bar, rail, pole, or log used in pairs or sets to form a slideway (as for an incline from a truck to the sidewalk)

  5. 5 :  the act of skidding :  slip, sideslip

  6. 6 :  a runner used as a member of the landing gear of an airplane or helicopter

  7. 7a plural :  a route to defeat or downfall <on the skids> <his career hit the skids>b :  a losing streak <a 5-game skid>

  8. 8 :  a low platform mounted (as on wheels) on which material is set for handling and moving; also :  pallet 3

skidproof adjective

Examples of skid

  1. The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid.

  2. This victory ends a five-game skid.

Origin of skid

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skīth stick of wood — more at ski

First Known Use: circa 1610

Other Vehicles Terms

Rhymes with skid




Simple Definition of skid

  • : to slide along a road or other surface in an uncontrolled way

Full Definition of skid


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to apply a brake or skid to :  slow or halt by a skid

  3. 2a :  to haul (as logs) by dragging <cutting and skidding firewood>b :  to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to slide without rotating (as a wheel held from turning while a vehicle moves onward)

  6. 2a :  to fail to grip the roadway; especially :  to slip sideways on the roadb of an airplane :  to slide sideways away from the center of curvature when turningc :  slide, slip

  7. 3 :  to fall rapidly, steeply, or far <sales skidded last year>

Examples of skid

  1. The truck skidded on the icy road.

  2. The car skidded off the road and into the gully.

  3. He slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded to a halt.

  4. I skidded on the ice and fell.


First Known Use of skid


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