\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \
plural lids

Definition of lid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (such as a vessel or box)
2 : eyelid
3 : the operculum in mosses
4 slang : hat
5 : something that confines, limits, or suppresses : check, restraint
6 slang : an ounce of marijuana "He wanted privacy. He'd bought a keg of beer and a lid of dope and he didn't want his parents to know."— Sue Grafton


lidded; lidding

Definition of lid (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover or supply with a lid

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Synonyms for lid

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of lid in a Sentence

Noun I had to get a screwdriver to pry the lid off of the paint can. as he left the field, the pitcher tipped his lid to the cheering crowd
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fermentation vessels range from glass carboys to fancy stainless steel tanks and beyond, but the best place to start is with a simple food-grade plastic bucket and a lid like this one from Home Brew Ohio. Parker Hall, Wired, "Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead," 11 July 2020 It should be dried out by removing the lid and once solidified, left with the curbside trash. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Taking a look at West Park before its annexation to Cleveland: A Place in the Sun," 7 July 2020 Just by opening the Galaxy Buds+ charging case lid, there’s an immediate Bluetooth connection formed to easily pair them with your device. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Save $10 on the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, our best budget wireless earbuds pick," 6 July 2020 Considering the recent study that a flushing toilet can expel coronavirus into the air and possibly infect the next person to enter the room, post a sign in the bathroom advising people to close the lid before flushing. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socializing on the Fourth of July? What event pros know to make your party safer," 30 June 2020 In fact, this outbreak of dust, along with unfavorable upper-level winds, will likely put a lid on any significant tropical development in the near-term, according to meteorologist Chris Dolce. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Another dust storm from the Sahara to hit the U.S. this week," 29 June 2020 Set the oven down, then lift the lid by itself and twist it one-third of a turn. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Camping Skills," 5 June 2020 In fact, as the happy buyer noted, the only real difference seemed to be found in the lid handle. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "This Dutch oven is a Staub collaboration—and it's less than $65!," 10 July 2020 Hong Kong, which has been praised for its quick and effective response to the pandemic, is now racing to keep a lid on infections amid a surge in local transmission. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "United and American Airlines cancel Hong Kong flights over crew Covid-19 tests," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Utilizing a center-field camera, someone viewing a monitor behind the dugout would steal the signs, and a trash-can lid would be banged to alert hitters what was coming. John Shea,, "Giants’ Buster Posey suggests using microphones to give signs to pitchers," 7 Feb. 2020 The fight was so ridiculous that even when Bale grabbed a garbage can lid to fend off Damon's advances, the first concern was about safety. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Even with a botched perm, Matt Damon shows true grit as Carroll Shelby in 'Ford v Ferrari'," 12 Nov. 2019 Hospital staff physically blocked them from leaving several times, once with a trash can lid. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Tyler Perry helps American couple held "captive" in Mexican hospital," 22 Nov. 2019 For a charcoal grill, pour a full chimney of hot coals evenly over one side of the grill bed and open the bottom grill vents and lid vents; for a gas grill, turn all burners to high. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 Remove the Instant Pot lid carefully, directing the steam away from you. Lisa Futterman,, "How to Instant Pot your picnic, with recipes for pate, savory cheesecake and dessert," 18 July 2019 Just recently, in Chicago, there was that infant abandoned on a garbage can lid and saved by paramedics. John Kass,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker cheered as he signs abortion bill, but what is the cost?," 13 June 2019 One of my favorites is a skier Klennert crafted using old car bumpers for the skis, a milk-can lid for the hat and water-faucet handles for the ears. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Place a medium-size disposable foil roasting pan (about 15- by 11- by 3-inches) on cold grill to check if grill lid will close. Woman's Day, "Turkey Roasted on a Covered Gas Grill," 1 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of lid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lid


Middle English, from Old English hlid; akin to Old High German hlit cover, and probably to Old English hlinian to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of lid was before the 12th century

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25 Jul 2020

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“Lid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce lid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lid

: a cover on a box, can, jar, etc., that can be lifted or removed


\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \

Kids Definition of lid

1 : a movable cover the lid of a box
2 : eyelid

Other Words from lid

lidded \ ˈli-​dəd \ adjective
lidless \ ˈlid-​ləs \ adjective


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