ski

noun
\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) , British sometimes ˈshē \
plural skis also ski

Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used especially for gliding over snow
2 : a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle

ski

verb
skied\ ˈskēd How to pronounce ski (audio) , ˈshēd \; skiing

Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to glide on skis in travel or as a sport

transitive verb

: to travel or pass over on skis

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Other Words from ski

Verb

skiable \ ˈskē-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce ski (audio) \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Several ski resorts have reported up to 40 inches of snowfall in just 72 hours. Washington Post, "PM Update: Showers end this evening. Partly sunny and seasonable on Monday.," 3 Jan. 2021 On March 14, Colorado's governor issued an executive order shutting down ski resorts across the state. Thomas Peipert, ajc, "Safety issues mount as skiers hit backcountry in pandemic," 2 Jan. 2021 One of the world's largest indoor ski resorts, Ski Dubai, is on his doorstep and has been critical to his business. Giovanni Prati, CNN, "The snowboard-making giant based in the desert," 28 Dec. 2020 The ski resorts also installed safety bars on all beginner and intermediate terrain chairlifts to ensure new skiers feel comfortable and confident riding the lifts. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Alpine Valley Ski Resort to open Dec. 28, Boston Mills and Brandywine later," 24 Dec. 2020 Bowling alleys and ski resorts have begun limited operations. oregonlive, "Some parents say enough is enough as Oregon’s school reopening guidelines remain among strictest in nation," 22 Dec. 2020 Here’s what to know about traveling in the Lake Tahoe area, where ski resorts remain open. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Here comes the second vaccine," 21 Dec. 2020 South Korea will close its ski resorts and tourist spots from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 in an attempt to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further, Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun said. Bloomberg.com, "Variant Likely in Germany; Taiwan Finds a Case: Virus Update," 21 Dec. 2020 With four ski resorts and expansive terrain to explore on snowshoes or cross-country skis, Aspen is a major winter outdoor recreation hub. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Aspen, Colorado," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, Tahoe continues to receive travelers and get inquiries from people who want to go ski there. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Tahoe’s 3-week shutdown order expires tonight. But the region will remain shut down for New Year's," 31 Dec. 2020 Yet the roads leading to ski areas in western Germany looked much like those in Austria this weekend, with cars backed up for miles. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Austrian Lockdown Covers Schools and Stores, but Not Ski Hills," 28 Dec. 2020 Other tasteful props include a nostalgic wooden sled, ice skates tied together and dangling over a shoulder, someone holding skis up or ski poles (pointed down). USA TODAY, "7 pro tips for taking the perfect DIY holiday family photo," 8 Dec. 2020 The government will use passenger logs for about 92 flights to track down the visitors, many of whom traveled to ski resorts in southwestern Switzerland. Bloomberg.com, "Variant Likely in Germany; Taiwan Finds a Case: Virus Update," 21 Dec. 2020 Shawn Hauver, managing director of Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania, says that all mountain visitors will need to purchase lift tickets, passes, and ski rentals in advance online to minimize contact with others, for instance. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Hitting The Slopes During The Pandemic? Read This First," 18 Dec. 2020 Tahoe residents report that people are still traveling to the area, presumably to ski and seek respite in the mountains from a housebound pandemic lifestyle that has persisted for more than 9 months. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Tahoe shutdown: Can Bay Area residents travel there?," 15 Dec. 2020 The 90-minute climb is arduous, but the backcountry ski back down is rewarding. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "A Swiss Alps Hotel Frozen in Time," 10 Dec. 2020 These trail systems are designed to give local Nordic enthusiasts a place to ski. Star Tribune, "Here’s what you need to know to ski safely this season despite the coronavirus pandemic.," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ski

Noun

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ski

Noun

Norwegian, from Old Norse skīth stick of wood, ski; akin to Old English scīd board, scēadan to divide — more at shed entry 1

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11 Jan 2021

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“Ski.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ski. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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ski

noun
How to pronounce ski (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of long narrow pieces of wood, metal, or plastic that curve upward slightly in front, are attached to shoes, and are used for gliding over snow

ski

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or glide on skis over snow or water

ski

noun
\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) \
plural skis

Kids Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of narrow strips fastened one on each foot and used in gliding over snow or water

ski

verb
skied; skiing

Kids Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to glide on skis

Other Words from ski

skier noun

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