lid

noun
\ ˈlid \
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

Alongside the recent drop in gasoline prices, a stronger dollar is likely keeping a lid on the prices of goods, many of which are either purchased overseas or compete with imports. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Prices Flat in November, Posing Dilemma for Fed," 12 Dec. 2018 Sea ice keeps a lid on the warmer (relatively speaking) seas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Greenland’s melting snow makes new hockey stick (graph)," 9 Dec. 2018 The lid goes on top to keep out pine needles, bark, snow, and bugs. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Maple Syrup," 5 Nov. 2018 Glossy lids were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week, including at the Savage x Fenty show where makeup artist Priscilla Ono used a different sort of lip product to get the look. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Makeup Artist Mixes Aquaphor with Eyeshadow," 19 Sep. 2018 Work your way up the lid stopping right under your crease. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "I Went Through Monolid Bootcamp to Finally Learn How to Do a Smoky Eye," 30 Aug. 2018 The environmentally friendly lid is now available in more than 8,000 of its stores in the U.S. and Canada for select beverages, including Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 2018 Hollywood icons and pinup models had long worn two-piece suits, as was evident under the lids of thousands of GI footlockers still being shipped home from Europe. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 July 2018 Keep coolers at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, in the shade with the lid closed. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Sun and food safety tips for the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of lid

: eyelid

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