\ˈlid \

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 : an ounce of marijuana


lidded; lidding

Definition of lid (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover or supply with a lid

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Examples of lid in a Sentence


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

Flatten each of those reserved beef-onion portions into a lid that covers the filling. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers — on the inside," 19 June 2018 Keas, inquisitive green parrots native to New Zealand, unabashedly pry open trash can lids, strip the insulation from power lines and duel unarmed windshield wipers on cars. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 In lieu of plastic, Starbucks will offer strawless lids, which are already available in over 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Madison Roberts,, "Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws in All Stores Worldwide," 9 July 2018 Place wedges on the grate, being sure to shake off excess liquid, close the lid, and grill until lightly golden brown and just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning often. Polly Campbell,, "Big Green Eggs: A cult or a cooking method?," 6 July 2018 Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were other plastic bags, straws/stirrers, plastic take-out containers, plastic lids, and foam takeout containers. Johnny Diaz,, "Butts are a plague on world's beaches, survey finds," 2 July 2018 The official Pi case splits into five separate pieces, all held together with retention tabs that pull away with firm pressure: the base, the top, the lid, and both sides/port covers. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 The new collection adds two: an all-over brush great for pressing or sweeping shadow across the lid, and a tapered blending brush for, well, blending. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Is Releasing a New Fenty Beauty Eye Makeup Collection," 25 June 2018 But there was a problem: lids, which had come into vogue. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Disposable America," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The second traveled more than 40 yards on a rope into a trash-can-lid bull’s-eye. Jeff Mclane,, "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 Place chicken on top, nestling into vegetables so lid will sit tight. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Slow-Roasted Chicken with Honey-Glazed Carrots," 19 Mar. 2018 In the floor of the bridge, about the size of a garbage can lid, was a hole. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "The hole in the bridge and other pothole adventures in Indianapolis," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lid

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


\ˈlid \

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


\ˈlid \

Medical Definition of lid 

: eyelid

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