lid

noun
\ 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

lid

verb
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

cap, cover, top

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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

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Next, heavily line the top lid with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, winging out on the end for a sultry cat-eye. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nathalie Emmanuel and Maisie Williams Both Wore the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collab," 4 Apr. 2019 The coffee chain said Wednesday the new lids for cold drinks will debut in three cities on the West Coast—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle—as well as Washington, D.C., Indianapolis and Toronto. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Starbucks to Debut New Lids This Summer in Six Cities," 20 Mar. 2019 Eyeshadow inspiration that gets you out of a nude lid rut is great, but three totally different looks using only one palette is what will actually change your makeup game this summer. Eden Univer, Seventeen, "3 Lemonade-Inspired Eyeshadow Looks for Summer," 12 July 2018 And like clockwork, Dries Van Noten’s army of cool girls left wearing the designer’s glittering lids as twinkly French badges of honor. Vogue, "Runway vs. Reality: The Best Model Street Style Beauty of Fashion Month," 6 Mar. 2019 The newcomer made its official debut on Sunday night at Oscars, where it was spotted on the lids of five more red carpet heavy-hitters: Allison Janney, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, and Maya Rudolph. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Yeah, Glossier's New Lidstar Eyeshadow Is Worth the Hype," 6 Mar. 2018 Keep pot covered with lid ajar, and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until well cooked and porridgelike. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 These metro areas had—and still have—a lid on the number of families that could access their lucrative labor markets. Kevin Erdmann, WSJ, "Rich Cities Created the Housing Shortage," 6 Jan. 2019 Before the test even begins, the IGBC ensures that the cooler won't be dangerous to the bear—no sharp edges, loose parts or super-heavy lids. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Cooler Is "Certified Bear Resistant." What Does That Really Mean?," 21 Dec. 2018

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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 The second traveled more than 40 yards on a rope into a trash-can-lid bull’s-eye. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz's arm strength; Philly Special redux; quarterback golf," 14 June 2018 Step 6 Lift-Off — Place the rocket on the ground, lid down. Renee Morad, Scientific American, "Build the Best Alka-Rocket Ever—with Science," 7 Sep. 2017 And because this time of year is best marked by pops of color, swipes of neon found their way to lid-level. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Cindy Crawford, Missy Elliott, and More," 27 May 2018 This is a great excuse to buy the clear glass Instant Pot lid to see what’s going on in there. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Bacony Croutons Because It’s Still Ham Season," 9 Apr. 2018 Rather than relying on gilded accessories to enhance the already striking ensemble, Hadid took the reflective 24k shade to lid level, eyes adorned in a saturated pressing of glittering yellow ore edged by a graphic flick of black liquid liner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Has a Cinderella Birthday Moment with Golden Eyes, Killer Legs and a Perfect Glass Shoe," 24 Apr. 2018 The long-necked dinosaur footprints were each about the size of a trash can lid, Ms. dePolo said, with the largest being more than two feet in diameter. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lid

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lid

Noun

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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lid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lid

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

lid

noun
\ 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

lid

noun
\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \

Medical Definition of lid

: eyelid

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