pow·​er·​slide ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌslīd How to pronounce powerslide (audio)
plural powerslides
: a deliberate, controlled skid by a vehicle turning through a corner at high speed : drift entry 1 sense 5f
It's spectacular motor sport—belting around a dirt oval track, pitching a car sideways into the corners and sliding around them in a powerslide, throwing dirt out to the crash fence, all while fending off a pack of perhaps 18 other cars doing the same thing.Stuart Innes
powerslide intransitive verb
powerslid ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌslid How to pronounce powerslide (audio) ; powersliding; powerslides
Instead of dealing with the white stuff by driving with trepidation, rally drivers adopt a rather more exciting technique for coping with grip deficiency—they powerslide. Dan Prosser

Examples of powerslide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The feature is designed to ostensibly modulate the driver's throttle inputs to allow the car to step out and hold a powerslide when asked to do so. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of powerslide was in 1960

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“Powerslide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerslide. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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