\ 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 pluralthe 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 skid (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skid in a Sentence

Noun The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid. This victory ends a five-game skid. Verb 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 undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers, in the midst of their most grueling road trip of the season and riding a two-game losing skid, rallied from 15 points down in the second half to stun the rising Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, 96-91. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers show identity, rally in the second half to stun Atlanta Hawks, 96-91.," 2 Jan. 2021 The win also snapped a three-game skid against the Jayhawks, who had won 16 of 17 against the Longhorns and had been 16-1 against them in games played inside 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse. Dave Skretta, ajc, "No. 8 Texas tops No. 3 KU 84-59 to tie record margin at Phog," 2 Jan. 2021 Mullen’s team is on a two-game skid that cost them a shot at the College Football Playoff semifinals. Edgar Thompson,, "Dan Mullen has fond memories of Gators’ last meeting with Oklahoma," 27 Dec. 2020 Forget that the Volunteers (3-6) snapped a six-game skid by beating winless Vanderbilt last weekend. Mark Heim |, al, "Texas A&M-Tennessee live stream (12/19): How to watch online, TV, time," 19 Dec. 2020 Yet, Washington can still say it’s in the running for the NFC East title more than a third of the way through the season despite a five-game skid. Stephen Whyno,, "Cowboys visit Washington with NFC East in shambles," 25 Oct. 2020 Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to carry the Ravens (9-5) to their third straight win following a three-game skid. David Ginsburg, ajc, "Jackson leads surging Ravens to 40-14 rout of Jaguars," 20 Dec. 2020 Baylor is on a five-game skid and closes out against Big 12 championship contenders Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Baylor prediction: With both teams desperate for a win, can Bears avoid six straight losses vs. Kansas State?," 26 Nov. 2020 For example, to test skid plates, which protect parts underneath an off-road vehicle's body from damage, engineers would usually drag the vehicle across rocks. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM is making the Hummer EV in record time. Here's how," 21 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Buffalo snapped an 0-6 postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow, ajc, "Bills beat Colts 27-24 for 1st playoff win in 25 years," 9 Jan. 2021 Hyde batted down Philip Rivers’ desperation pass as time ran out in helping Buffalo snap a six-game postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow,, "Bills edge Colts for first playoff win in 25 years," 9 Jan. 2021 With a front and rear suspension, the Super73-R feels playful, hiding its heft and coaxing riders to jump off curbs and skid through corners. Chris Nelson, Car and Driver, "E-Bikes Are Getting Cool, These Are Three of Our Favorites," 14 Nov. 2020 There are as many ways for a poll to go wrong as for a car to skid off an icy road, so don’t rest assured just because a poll has a small margin of sampling error. Peter Coy,, "What Is the ‘Margin of Error’ Anyway?," 3 Nov. 2020 That's more or less the consensus of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank analysts who wrote in separate notes that the worst of the stocks skid is behind us. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "A flurry of M&A deals lifts global stocks. Yes, even tech stocks," 14 Sep. 2020 The threat of a second wave of the coronavirus has spooked investors, causing the stock market to skid Thursday. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Fear of coronavirus resurgence reaches Wall Street," 12 June 2020 When pushed hard, the dampers will eventually hit the bump stops, but a beefy TRD skid plate provides a last line of defense for the underbelly. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Is the Best Yet," 11 June 2020 Who delivered memorable performances, and who skidded into the creative ditch? oregonlive, "‘Top Chef,’ ‘Tiger King,’ the ‘TikTok Doc,’ streaming overload: What stood out in a surreal spring TV season," 2 June 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Skid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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