\ ˈskid How to pronounce skid (audio) \

Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of a group of objects (such as planks or logs) used to support or elevate a structure or object
2 : a wooden fender hung over a ship's side to protect it in handling cargo
3 : a usually iron shoe or clog attached to a chain and placed under a wheel to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill : drag
4 : a timber, bar, rail, pole, or log used in pairs or sets to form a slideway (as for an incline from a truck to the sidewalk)
5 : the act of skidding : slip, sideslip
6 : either of two longitudinal pieces used as part of the landing gear of an airplane or helicopter usually plural the skids of a helicopter
7a skids plural : a route to defeat or downfall on the skids his career hit the skids
b : a losing streak a 5-game skid
8 : a low platform mounted (as on wheels) on which material is set for handling and moving also : pallet sense 3


skidded; skidding

Definition of skid (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to apply a brake or skid to : slow or halt by a skid
2a : to haul (logs or something similar) by dragging cutting and skidding firewood
b : to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids

intransitive verb

1 : to slide without rotating (as a wheel does when it is held from turning while a vehicle moves onward)
2a : to fail to grip the roadway especially : to slip sideways on the road
b of an airplane : to slide sideways away from the center of curvature when turning
c : slide, slip
3 : to fall rapidly, steeply, or far sales skidded last year

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Other Words from skid


skidproof \ ˈskid-​ˌprüf How to pronounce skidproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

crash, crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, tumble

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

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Examples of skid in a Sentence


The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid. This victory ends a five-game skid.


The truck skidded on the icy road. The car skidded off the road and into the gully. He slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded to a halt. I skidded on the ice and fell.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lefty’s slice skids out wide on him; more than once on Sunday, Thiem’s feet got tangled in pursuit of it. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal’s Unparalleled Dominance of the French Open," 9 June 2019 The Cleveland Browns snapped a 19-game skid wearing their Color Rush look for the first time when Baker Mayfield came off the bench, leading the Browns to a 21-17 win over the Jets last September. Teresa M. Walker,, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 In addition to that skid creation and the white leather interior with blue stitching, the Astronaut Edition gets a number of other unique touches. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019 Until then, what has happened during this 11-game skid – a stretch in which the Diamondbacks have scored more than four runs only once and are hitting .193 as a team – seems likely to continue. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks’ skid reaches five as Nationals finish sweep," 13 May 2018 The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Pistons (31-39), who acquired Griffin on Jan. 29. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin's 3-point shooting binge for Detroit Pistons offers hope," 20 Mar. 2018 Their games against Louisville came at the perfect time, when the Cards needed confidence-boosters and league wins after a three-game losing skid. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball pummels Pittsburgh, notches second consecutive win," 11 Feb. 2018 This year’s poll, the 26th, also saw pricey San Francisco, which had been one of the top five global cities since 2011, fall to 11th place, and Washington, D.C., skid to 25th from 15th place last year, part of a long slide. Peter Jeffrey,, "London Beats New York Among Foreign Investors in Real Estate," 8 Jan. 2018 Two discs within the cupholders are made from the front landing skid of the spaceship that completed the first successful space flight in December 2018. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The truck skidded and rolled onto its side in the exit lane, blocking the exit ramp and both northbound lanes, according to the release., "I-5 truck crashes injures Salem man, spews Gatorade over highway," 8 June 2019 Then on Friday night — with his team’s season suddenly skidding toward extinction — Curry practically blended into the background. Ron Kroichick,, "Stephen Curry floats back to earth as Warriors fall to Toronto in Game 4," 7 June 2019 Shares of technology companies skidded after some U.S. businesses moved to comply with restrictions against Huawei Technologies, setting up major stock indexes for another tough week amid the escalating trade spat. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Dragged Down by Tech Sector," 20 May 2019 While rapid by the standards of most businesses, the pace was the slowest since Uber began disclosing detailed financial results two years ago, and showed growth continuing to skid downward from 38% in the third quarter and 70% in the first. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Sales Growth Slows Further as IPO Nears," 15 Feb. 2019 The bank has been bulking up its lending business, which Mr. Blankfein has said the bank would rely on to maintain steady growth the next time financial markets start to skid. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Goldman Sachs May Be Getting Its Groove Back," 17 Apr. 2018 The currency, which shed nearly 30% against the dollar last year, skidded nearly 2% early Monday but recovered to gain nearly 2% in... David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Elections Loosen Erdogan’s Grip on Power, With Losses in Ankara, Istanbul," 1 Apr. 2019 The Boeing 707 cargo plane skidded off the runway at an airport west of Tehran. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Iranian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Near Tehran," 14 Jan. 2019 The truck went south on Langfield, but the driver lost control of his car while making a turn and skidded into a ditch, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man arrested after police chase in NW Houston," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of skid


circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1674, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for skid


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skīth stick of wood — more at ski

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English Language Learners Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden, uncontrolled sliding movement
: one of a pair of long narrow parts on which a helicopter or airplane rests
US, sports : a series of losses that happen one after the other : a losing streak



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

: to slide along a road or other surface in an uncontrolled way


\ ˈskid How to pronounce skid (audio) \
skidded; skidding

Kids Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : slide entry 1 sense 1, slip He was tempted to skid across the ice.
2 : to slide sideways The car skidded off the road.
3 : to roll or slide on a platform of logs, planks, or rails



Kids Definition of skid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a platform of logs, planks, or rails used to support a heavy object while it is being moved or stored
2 : the act of sliding

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