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 skied (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 skiable (audio) \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ranch is a roughly 45-minute drive from the ski destination Steamboat Springs. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Colorado Ranch With Its Own Discovery Channel Special Sells for $27 Million," 3 Jan. 2020 Snowshoe or ski by candlelight Candlelight events abound in Wisconsin in the winter, and Book Across the Bay in far northern Wisconsin is the granddaddy of them. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin winter bucket list: 12 things you have to do," 2 Jan. 2020 There’s a rowing machine, a ski machine and a power rack, to name a few pieces, and a tall heater for the colder months. Morgan Voigt, Houston Chronicle, "8 ways to start — and keep — the whole family exercising together," 2 Jan. 2020 The Park Record reported the accident occurred on an intermediate ski trail. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Orange Is the New Black Creator's Son, 20, Dies in Skiing Accident on New Year's Eve: Reports," 1 Jan. 2020 Fast skis and the drive to redeem herself boosted Anchorage skier Sadie Maubet Bjornsen to a top-five finish Sunday in the Tour de Ski. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Bjornsen turns things around in Tour de Ski with 5th-place finish," 30 Dec. 2019 Breckenridge Ski Resort has not changed plans to hold its annual New Year’s Eve torchlight parade, in which ski and snowboard instructors carry torches and ride from the top of one of the mountain’s peaks down to the resort village. USA TODAY, "Surfing Santas, endangered red wolves, who owns the letter ‘O’?: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2019 An avalanche also swept across a marked ski trail near the Swiss town of Andermatt on Thursday, injuring two people. Fox News, "Austrian skier survives five hours buried in snow after avalanche, rescue called a ‘Christmas miracle’," 28 Dec. 2019 Kelly shared an Instagram photo of Mark with skis donning the Mexican flag. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa Did NOT Hold Back After Posting an Instagram of Her Husband Mark Consuelos," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elm City Social’s rooftop has transformed from tiki bar to ski lodge for another year, but this season comes with a bonus: igloo seating with chairs, tables, blankets and seasonal decorations, warmed by electric heaters. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Outdoor dining in winter? These hot spots make it happen with pop-up igloos, heaters and fire pits," 6 Dec. 2019 The Hollywood connection is palpable from a subtle Rat Pack theme, including the menu, which offers Jack Daniels’ Sinatra Select at $30 a glass, to ski concierge Ron Blum in the Black Tie Rental shop on the first floor. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "Have a sinfully good time at Heavenly’s winter wonderland," 25 Nov. 2019 In came hard-leftists who had learned their craft on picket lines rather than ski slopes. The Economist, "The Party of Davos is the biggest loser in Britain’s election," 16 Nov. 2019 Many skiers also skied in the coed race, which had 40 teams. Anchorage Daily News, "Schumacher, Maurer outski the competition at Anchorage Cup team sprint," 18 Dec. 2019 The resort also moved some snowmaking towers and repositioned lights for better night-skiing visibility. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better snowmaking, tubing and more additions at Wisconsin ski resorts in 2019," 6 Dec. 2019 The accommodations are ski-in, ski-out in winter, when the annual snowfall is more bounteous, the website boasts, than at any other resort in the Lower 48. 400 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson, Wyo. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, "Play where you stay: Great hotels for active vacations," 28 Nov. 2019 Eric Larsen has skied to the North and South Poles, ascended Everest, and traversed the Greenland ice sheet. Kieran Mulvaney, National Geographic, "‘It’s cool to be cold’: Confessions of frigid-weather fanatics," 7 Nov. 2019 Billy's loving mother, Mary Barber Flannery, brothers Peter and Timmy, and sisters Karen and Kathy remember him in his youth snow-skiing the trails in the winter, barefoot water skiing on the lake in the summer, and fishing year-round. courant.com, "William D. Flannery," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ski.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ski. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for ski

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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