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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Ice cream recipes designed to make every day better," 1 Aug. 2019 On Twitter last week, atmospheric scientist Santiago Gassó estimated that Siberian fires had created a smoke lid extending over 4.5 million square kilometers, or roughly 1.7 million square miles, of central and northern Asia. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Record," 30 July 2019 Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Washington Post, "How to a make a moist, chunky shrimp burger without the mush," 29 July 2019 Using today’s more trustworthy actuarial projections, the insurance industry has put lids on inflation protection increases and lifetime benefits, while pricing new policies for profit. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Insurance firms’ blunders on long-term care insurance create disaster for millions," 25 July 2019 Carefully remove the Instant Pot lid directing the steam away from you. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "How to Instant Pot your picnic, with recipes for pate, savory cheesecake and dessert," 18 July 2019 Place a lid on top and cook for fifteen minutes, stirring periodically. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 Place a lid on the canner and continue gently boiling for 5 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Mustang Grape Jelly," 26 June 2019 Beginning in 2020, Palo Alto restaurants will have to replace all plastic items such as straws, utensils, cups and lids. Melissa Chen, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto tells restaurants to toss disposable foodware; restrictions on straws, cups and utensils may spread to other Bay Area cities," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Remove the Instant Pot lid carefully, directing the steam away from you. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 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

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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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