\ 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

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 Don't forget to check the inside of the lid in case anything sticky stuck around before moving on. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Unable to keep a lid on the Cardinals' latest hitting prodigy, the Brewers surrendered solo home runs to him in consecutive at-bats and those round-trippers shifted the momentum in a 6-2 loss at American Family Field. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2022 If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (375 to 400 degrees) with the lid closed. Olga Massov, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 The jar is not dishwasher safe, but the lid and tamper are. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 Its straw lid is also the perfect accessory to go with the Rambler Tumbler. Josie Howell |, al, 5 May 2022 The frunk lid up front is electrochromatic glass, allowing light in during driving or going dark to hide the contents while parked. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2022 Finally, the lid has three different positions: a slot with a straw, an opening for sipping, and a closing tab. Country Living, 1 Mar. 2022 Make sure the lid on your water meter pit is tightly secured. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t hit your head repeatedly with a trash can lid. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Someone also allegedly picked up a metal trash can lid and began beating the victim, the outlet reported. Fox News, 16 Sep. 2021 Also, keep the door—or lid on top-loaders—open to allow air to circulate. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2020 In New Zealand, two recent clusters were investigated using genomic sequencing, eventually zeroing in on a trash can lid and an elevator button as the likeliest sources of transmission. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, 9 Oct. 2020 According to the charges, the sergeant was getting into his squad car near the site where an angry crowd was gathered when Gibson threw a 15-pound metal garbage can lid at him, striking him in the head and knocking him out. Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, give the jar and lid a thorough washing and stuff it with fresh vegetables. Paul Stephen,, 8 Aug. 2020 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,, 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, 12 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for lid


\ 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


\ ˈlid How to pronounce lid (audio) \

Medical Definition of lid

: eyelid

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