ski

noun
\ˈskē, 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

b : water ski

2 : a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle

ski

verb
skied\ˈskēd, 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 \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb

I have skied that mountain before.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Before the two men meet their icy doom, Fanck treats the spectator to feats of ski jumping and a prolonged race whose slow-motion and aerial perspectives provided Riefenstahl ideas for her documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. New York Times, "The Idolatry of Glaciers, Rocks and Leni Riefenstahl," 22 June 2018 In Anchorage, the Midnight Sun Ski Jump-a-Thon will feature 12 hours of ski jumping and camping. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate solstice by catching a ballgame or watching ski jumpers," 20 June 2018 The Alpensia resort was prominently featured during the 2018 games, with downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and biathlon taking place at the site. James Sipes, Smithsonian, "Does Pyeongchang Have a Future As a Winter Sports Destination?," 26 Feb. 2018 The men were shut out in Alpine skiing, bobsled, biathlon (of course the U.S. is always shut out there), cross-country skiing, figure skating, hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping, skeleton and long-track speed skating. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Olympics Buzz: The winners and losers of the Pyeongchang Games," 24 Feb. 2018 Rich history of ski jumping Oconomowoc was also well-known during this time period for ski jumping. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Olympic speed skating and ski jumping both have roots Oconomowoc," 20 Feb. 2018 Other events in which medals are scheduled to be awarded include: men’s 1,000-meter and women’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating, women’s skeleton and men’s large hill individual ski jumping. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Seattle Times, "Hanyu wins history-making gold, Ledecka stuns in super-G," 17 Feb. 2018 Here is a partial list of sports in play at the Winter Olympics: cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, snowboarding, ice dancing, biathlon, curling, bobsled and skeleton. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Norman Chad: 3 reasons to ignore the Winter Olympics," 12 Feb. 2018 It’s time for women’s ski jumping and the individual normal hill gold medal final, beginning at 11 a.m. on NBCSN. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Winter Olympics 2018: What to watch on Day 4, including gold medal finals," 11 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Media: Sports Illustrated Alex Bregman skied a popup — the Astros' eighth flyout of the night — along the foul line in right field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle to get offense going in loss to Angels," 15 May 2018 Cross-country ski for five kilometers, shoot a rifle at a still target, ski some more, shoot some more. Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, "A Lazy Person's Guide to the 2018 Winter Olympics," 9 Feb. 2018 On a recent, bone-chillingly cold weekend, local folks and hotel guests mingled around the fireplace in the Great Hall in layers of flannel and fleece, making plans to ski nearby Whiteface Mountain or do some snowshoeing. BostonGlobe.com, "Hot Sara is back," 5 Apr. 2018 Stanton, who received the Willy Schaeffler Scholarship — a scholarship at the University of Denver that benefits disabled athletes — should have an opportunity to continue skiing for the national team, even after beginning his job on Wall Street. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie Stanton heading to second Paralympic Winter Games," 6 Mar. 2018 Richardson died in 2009 of blunt force trauma after falling while skiing at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Natasha Richardson Would Have Turned 55 Today — How Liam Neeson Coped Since Her Shocking Death," 11 May 2018 Just four years earlier, Hillary stood on top of the world as the first black woman to ski the North Pole—a mere two years after a bout with cancer. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The 1st Black Woman to Reach the North and South Poles Has the Best Advice for You," 13 June 2018 Evans sent Polanski material for two projects: Downhill Racer, written by James Salter (Polanski liked to ski), and Rosemary’s Baby. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50 Years Later," 23 May 2018 Most people visit the Swiss Alps to ski or hike, maybe to launder money. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Hunting for Frankenstein Amid Switzerland's Melting Glaciers and Nuclear Bunkers," 21 May 2018

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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

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ski

noun

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 \
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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