\ 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

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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 Worries that the Fed might be wrong could be keeping a lid on stocks, which haven’t really gained much traction despite the recent record highs. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Then, Dye said, domestic supply would increase, keeping a lid on gasoline prices. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2021 The subpoena included a gag order signed by a federal magistrate judge that kept a lid on the investigation for three years. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 Although McCarthy publicly kept a tight lid, there was a sense that Wednesday’s practice would be the final one this spring. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 10 June 2021 But few owners have been forced to sell at steep discounts thanks to government stimulus programs and the Federal Reserve’s easy money policy which kept a lid on foreclosure. Peter Grant, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Uruguay successfully kept a lid on Covid-19 cases at the start of the pandemic, but has seen a rapid rise in infections in the second wave, and has sacrificed its summer tourism season in a bid to control the virus. CNN, 4 May 2021 Although the highly contagious U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) is believed to cause significant problems in the latest surge in Michigan, the California variant (B.1.427/B.1.429) is possibly keeping a lid on the U.K. variant in California. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Six weeks after starting to gradually ease an extended pandemic lockdown, Portugal has kept a lid on the spread of COVID-19 and is on track to further loosen restrictions next week as planned. Barry Hatton, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Hospital staff physically blocked them from leaving several times, once with a trash can lid. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 22 Nov. 2019 For a charcoal grill, pour a full chimney of hot coals evenly over one side of the grill bed and open the bottom grill vents and lid vents; for a gas grill, turn all burners to high. Christopher Kimball,, 13 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of lid was before the 12th century

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20 Jun 2021

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“Lid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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